When getting your roof repaired or replaced, it is critical to do your research and find a reputable company that will do the job right. Unfortunately, some contractors take advantage of homeowners who are uneducated about roofing and prey upon people after storms. Here are some tips to help you spot a roofing scam.
Some contractors tell homeowners that a hailstorm struck their neighborhood and their roof may be damaged. Be cautious if someone knocks on your door or leaves a flyer in your mailbox. Check with your local weather service to find out if there really was a hailstorm and how big the hail was. Hail usually needs to be at least 1 ¼ inches in diameter to cause damage to a roof.
If there was a hailstorm, check the rest of your property for damage. If there is damage to your vehicle or shrubs, there might also be damage to your roof. If there is not, it is less likely that your roof is damaged. You should also find out in which direction the storm was traveling because it might have only impacted one side of your roof.
Beware of a company that promises that your insurance company will pay for a new roof. While a roof might be covered in some circumstances, such as after a storm, you will need to pay a deductible and may find that your premiums will go up after you file a claim.
Don’t rush into signing a contract. Research several companies and get estimates from all of them for the same work and materials. Contact the Better Business Bureau to find out if the company is legitimate and insured and if any previous customers have filed complaints against them.
Do not pay for the entire job up front. If a company asks you to pay in full before the work is completed, that should be a red flag.
Don’t choose a company just because it gives you the lowest quote. Some contractors give low estimates and then say they need more money for extra materials or do poor quality work.
Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors was founded in 2003 and provides quality roofing services. We can provide you with proof of liability and worker’s compensation insurance and references from satisfied customers. If you need to have your roof repaired or replaced, contact us for an estimate.