Most Common Roofing Scams and How to Avoid Them

When your roof sustains any form of damage, it’s always best that you have it repaired immediately. However, when you’re repairing your roof, it’s never recommended that you attempt to do so on your own. Instead, experts recommend that you hire a roofer to get the job done. But when you’re hiring a roofer to perform any repairs on your roof, it’s also best that you keep your guard up as you might fall victim to a few roofing scams.

In this post, The Great American Roofing Company, the pros to approach if you need a roofing contractor who offers a reasonable roof repair cost, reveals the most common roofing scams and how to avoid them.

Low Starting Bid

When you see a roofer offering a low starting bid to work on your roof, it can be awfully tempting to hire them right off the bat. However, when you see these kinds of offers, it’s best that you remain on guard as a low starting bid can be a sign that a roofer is trying to scam you. Once you hire them, that low starting bid could easily creep up due to so-called “unforeseen problems” and inflated material costs. Thankfully, this is a scam that can easily be avoided so long as you do your research and compare estimates from various companies.

Inadequate Repairs

Another scam that a less than reputable roofer can do is inadequate repairs and unlike the first two, this can be fairly difficult to spot. In fact, you may not even realize it happened to you until it’s too late. This is because most roof repairs are done below the surface, allowing them to easily camouflage the fact that they didn’t remedy the actual issue, to begin with. With that in mind, be sure to only hire the best contractors in your area to avoid becoming a victim of this scam.

Storm Chasers

If you hear someone knocking on your door after a particularly strong storm and claiming your roof needs to be repaired and they can do it for you, avoid hiring their services entirely. This is because these roofers are known as “storm chasers” and more often than not, they perform mediocre repairs on roofs for the same price as a quality one. Once this happens, it’s possible that your roof will deteriorate earlier than expected. To avoid this scam, all you have to do is take your time and ask to see some credentials like licenses and insurance. If they refuse to give it to you, part ways with their company immediately.

Need someone to service your roof? Don’t hesitate to turn to The Great American Roofing Company. When it comes to residential and commercial roofing services, we are the leading professionals to approach and we won’t let you down! Give us a call at (201) 825-2955 or fill out our contact form to get a free roof repair estimate.