As a responsible homeowner, you need to protect your roof from extreme weather. However, that’s not the only thing you should protect it from. Roofing scams are rampant nowadays, especially after storms where homeowners are left vulnerable to severe roof damage. Unscrupulous roofers usually do fast work using low-quality materials, which may even worsen the damage.
Here’s a look at some of the most common roofing scams and how you can avoid falling for them.
Storm chasers travel to towns that have been struck by a severe storm. They fool homeowners into thinking their roof was damaged. In some cases, homeowners can get a new roof for a huge discount or even free by filing an insurance claim. Storm chasers often use cheap materials and perform roof repairs or replacements hastily, leaving the system compromised in the long run. Steer clear of these out-of-town storm chasers and hire a reputable local roofer instead.
High-Pressure Sales Tactics
Another common roofing scam may involve a roofer who will use high-pressure sales tactics to persuade homeowners to sign a legally binding contract. They may show up at your door offering a special “today only” deal. If the homeowners put up any kind of resistance, these roofers may make false or misleading claims. In addition to these tactics, these roofers may also ask for full payment upfront before they begin work. Remember, some contractors may ask for a small down payment to cover the cost of materials, but the cost of labor and everything else should never be charged until the job is finished.
If you’re looking for a legitimate roofing contractor, turn to Barnett Roofing. We are a GAF Master Elite® Certified Roofing Contractor that has been in business for more than 20 years. Whether you need a roof repair or replacement, you can count on our skilled and experienced team of installers to get the job done efficiently. Give us a call at (865) 936-6959, or fill out our online contact form to book an appointment.