When it comes to roofing scams, it is always nice to know when someone is watching our back. Unfortunately there is no database of roofing scammers but there are neighborhoods watches and other individuals looking out for all different kinds of scams. Let’s look into an example of some of these scams as well as some additional tips on staying away from scammers.
To get an idea of some unique roofing scams, let’s take a look at what Dave Lieber of the Dallas News, also known as “Watchdog,” has discovered in his neighborhood alone. Lieber found that one roofing contractor was repeatedly claiming to have been endorsed by the Mayor of Rowlett and they have done previous work for the Mayor. A quick investigation found this to be untrue. You also had an out of town roofing company that was using a caller ID spoofer to make it appear that they were calling from the local area when they were in fact an out of town roofer.
Many homeowners know to look out for scammers, especially when it comes to their roof but it can be difficult when the scams seem so vanilla. Nonetheless, when you use misleading information or outright lie about something, it is still dishonest and could be thought of as a scam. This brings me us to some tips on how to avoid roof scams.
Quick Tips on Avoiding Roof Scams
- If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Many storm chasers or less than honest companies will make big promises or give you a rock bottom quote and rarely do these situations end with a happy homeowner. Be wary if a company is making big promises.
- Use your resources. You have plenty of resources like the Better Business Bureau right at your fingertips. Use the BBB and other consumer resources like Angie’s List to weed out the reputable companies from the bad ones.
- Don’t pay up front. A reputable roofing contractor will rarely, if ever, charge up front. This should raise red flags.
- Avoid door-to-door roofers. We suggest you always call a roofer of your choice compared to letting one knock on your door and climb up on your roof. You will have much more of an idea what kind of company you’re working with if you choose them rather than letting them choose you.
- There may also be neighborhood advisories or other local information to avoid scammers. Remember, scams can be small and big, but they are all scams.