It’s the stretch of the year when folks are preparing for the impending heat, and one course of doing that is by making sure your roof is in tip-top shape. Unfortunately, many scammers out there prey on unsuspecting homeowners by offering shoddy work or charging exorbitant prices.
So, before you employ a roofing contractor, be sure to do your research and ask around for referrals. And if something deems too good to be true, it probably is! Here are some tips by Can-Am Roofing of Central Florida, LLC. to keep that canopy intact professionally!
Scam 1 – “Get It for Free!”
One of the most common roofing contractor scams is when a contractor offers to do the work for “free.” They may claim they are doing you a favor by offering their services or trying to convince you that the materials will cost more than what they charge.
In reality, these contractors typically offer subpar quality work and charge exorbitant prices for it. And even if there are no hidden fees, these contractors often use inferior materials and shoddy workmanship. Meaning your roof might need repairs or replacement sooner than you expect.
Scam 2 – “We’ll Work for Cash Only.”
Another roofing contractor scam is when a contractor only asks to be paid in cash. This might be because they are working off the books and don’t want to pay taxes on their income. Or, it could be because they are trying to avoid paying for permits or other fees associated with the job.
In either case, it’s best to steer clear of any contractor who asks for cash only. Not only is it illegal in some states, but it also puts you at risk of being scammed.
Scam 3 – “I Know Someone Who Can Get You A Deal On Materials”
One red flag that should send up warning signs is when a roofing contractor tells you that they know someone who can get you a deal on materials.
In most cases, roofing contractors get their materials at a discount because they purchase them in bulk. So, suppose a contractor tells you that they can get you a discounted rate. In that case, it’s likely because they’re planning on using lower-quality materials.
Of course, there are always oddities to the rule. But, in general, you should be cautious of any contractor who offers to get you a “deal” on materials.
Scam 4 – “I’ll Waive The Inspection Fee.”
In some cases, roofing contractors will try to scam homeowners by telling them that they’ll waive the inspection fee.
While it might appear like a good deal at first, you should know that most reputable roofing contractors don’t charge for inspections. So, if a contractor tries to charge you for an inspection, it’s a red flag that they might be trying to scam you.
Scam 5 – “I Can Start The Job Right Away”
If a roofing contractor tells you that they can start the job right away, it’s another red flag that they might be trying to scam you.
Reputable roofing contractors are usually booked solid and have a waiting list of clients. So, if a contractor is available to start immediately, it’s likely because they’re not busy.
And, if they’re not busy, it could be because they’re not reputable or because they’ve been fired by other clients for doing a bad job.
Can-Am Roofing of Central Florida, LLC., serving Rockledge, FL, is a family-owned and operated business with over a decade of experience in the roofing industry.
We’re licensed and insured, and we’re committed to providing our customers with the best possible service at the most affordable prices.