When large storms hit, especially over large metro areas like Houston, roofing contractors can be overwhelmed by the sudden increase of calls. Times like these give scammers many opportunities to take advantage of desperate homeowners before they know what happened.
Spotting a Scammer
Many scammers go door-to-door, and most are easy to spot, but some can be quite clever and present legitimate ‘look’ to their truck, paperwork, websites, and even advertisements. These companies will try to take advantage of you during times of stress and crisis, and they rely on the fact that most people don’t know how a reputable roofing company operates. These scammers either take your money and run, or they buy cheap materials and slap everything together haphazardly — and you don’t know you’ve been scammed until long after the bad contractor has gone. This problem isn’t isolated to just the roofing industry; it happens anytime there is widespread storm damage and local contractors are busy and booked solid.
Protect Yourself from Scams
Avoiding these scams isn’t difficult, but it does require some effort on your part. Fortunately, the Internet makes it easier to determine whether a company is legitimate and reputable. Do a little bit of research and rely on your common sense, and you’ll be well on your way to avoiding these scammers. Here are some things you can do to protect yourself and avoid being taken advantage of:
- If a roofing price or timeline sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Do some comparison shopping to verify whether or not a price quote and schedule are realistic and be sure to verify any ‘hidden’ costs.
- Reputable companies understand that choosing a company for a roofing project is a process that takes time and research. If a contractor pushes you for an immediate decision and doesn’t respect your need to compare other quotes, just say NO.
- Don’t allow someone you don’t know — especially if they just showed up at your door — to get up on your roof. Take the time to verify their credentials and make sure they have insurance to cover any possible accidents or injuries that occur to them or their employees on your property.
- Most companies that are out to scam homeowners are from out of town. Be sure to get price quotes/bids from at least 3 different local roofing contractors.
- Do your research on any roofing contractor to make sure their reputation is up to your standards. Check the Better Business Bureau, online reviews, websites, etc.
Coale-Rice Roofing Can Help
Scammers, bad roofers, and even some legitimate start-ups (inexperienced and/or one-man operations) can cause even more damage to your roof (and wallet) in the form of shoddy work, cheap materials, property damage, and delays than the original problem.
Our team at Coale-Rice Roofing is here to help. Since 1927, our companies have been serving the metro Houston area and bring decades of experience and a proven track record of quality and exceptional customer service. Contact Coale Roofing at <a href=”tel:713-524-3187″><strong>713-524-3187</strong></a> or Rice Roofers at <a href=”tel:713-666-8910″><strong>713-666-8910</strong></a> with any questions you have or for a <a href=”https://coaleroofing.com/contact/”><strong>free quote</strong></a> on your roofing project.