You’re enjoying your weekend around the house when you’re interrupted by your doorbell. On the other side of the door you find a professionally dressed woman with a clipboard and you’re immediately annoyed. She begins her pitch, explaining how she’s spotted “serious” damage to your roof, and you immediately think back to the hailstorm you had last week. It was bad, but you never spotted anything serious around the outside of the house. You begin questioning if you were wrong and if you should be listening to this perceived professional, because hey, what do you know about roofs? Well, maybe this professional knows about as much as you do.
Roofing scams have existed for a very long time, yet people still buy into them. They seek out frugal people who don’t have much understanding of how roofing works. Scammers will push hard to do the work immediately then disappear with the money, leaving you with a subpar roof.
While this all may sound scary, we’ve rounded up some tips on how you can spot a roofing scammer:
1. Obscure Damage
99% of the time, your roof is fine after a storm. You’ve already checked everything out and it looks good, but now there’s a salesperson planting doubt in your head. They’re pointing out unidentifiable places and using words you’re unsure of, so you get worried you’ve missed the damage altogether. This is a very common tactic scammers use to get you to hire them. If you find yourself in this position, ask them to leave then search for a legitimate roofing company that has a website, referrals and a permanent address. Once you’ve found one that looks good to you, have them come out to take a look.
2. Be Cautious of Storm Chasers
“Storm Chasers” are scammers that tend to just show up in areas that have been hit by severe weather, such as hail, hurricanes and tornadoes. They take advantage of a stressful situation and promise quick repairs to those who need them most. You can often spot these people by their unusual company names and lack of local references.
These scammers will offer huge discounts under the guise of getting your repairs/replacements completed immediately and then billing insurance themselves. This may not sound problematic to you, but they will provide you with questionable materials and shoddy service, which will result in significant issues down the road. Issues that you will be stuck paying for.
3. Extremely Low Bids
If a deal sounds a bit surreal, it’s probably not legitimate. Roofing scammers are known to bid really low, then increase the cost as they go. They’ll use excuses tied to the cost of materials or an unexpected problem as justification.
Because of this, you need to research standard rates in your area and find a company that provides exceptional roofing repairs and replacements, such as Spec! We’ll come out and give you a free estimate that you can trust.