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What Are Common Roofing Scams?

Published on September 8th, 2020

Common Roofing Scams

Your roof has sustained damage and need repairs. You want to get your roof repairs done quickly and affordably. Unfortunately, there are some “roofing contractors” who will prey on your need and try to scam you out of money.

Here are some scams to look out for and what you can do to avoid them:

Roofing Scam #1 – Lost Down Payments

One of the most common scams is a lost down payment. A roofing contractor will tell you that need a down payment before work can start on your roof. They’ll say “they need the down payment” to pay for labor costs or new roofing materials. Once the check is handed over, you never see or here from them again. A common case of this is the contractor will ask the homeowner for cash or an insurance check then disappear.

You can avoid this scam by hiring a highly reviewed and certified roofing contractor. You should never make a down payment or any kind of payment to a contractor until the roofing supplies have been delivered to your home.

Roofing Scam #2 – Storm Chasers

Storm chasers are fraudulent roofers who follow storms across the country. They travel around the country looking for home owners to exploit, after a big storm rolls through town. The storm chasers’ roofing scam is to put on a the cheapest roof they can put on and run off with rest of the money.

Homeowner’s get hurt by them because they do the bare minimum of work on the roof and leave it in a poor condition. These roofs will wear down quickly and will have to be replaced in just a few years.

Always ask to see a roofer’s proof of insurance and license before hiring someone to do your roof. Ask to see a list of previous customers, check out their recent reviews, the work they did and pay a visit to their offices.

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