After steady periods of rain or storms, especially in large Metro area’s like Atlanta, the sudden surge of calls to roofers and other contractors can overwhelm even the largest companies. Times like these present scammers and other nefarious individuals with many opportunities to catch desperate homeowners at their most vulnerable and take their money before they realize what’s going on. It happens all the time!
Many scammers are door to door solicitors and are mostly easy to spot though others are quite clever in providing a legitimate look to their truck, paperwork, websites, even advertisements!
Avoiding these scams isn’t difficult but requires a little effort.
Fortunately, we have the internet these days to provide us with a lot of ways to judge a companies’ legitimacy. combined with a little common sense, avoiding scams and bad roofers, doesnt have to be difficult:
1) If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
2) If they push you for an immediate decision, just say NO!
3) Never allow someone you don’t know (especially if they just showed up to your door) up on your roof.
4) Obtain bids from at least 3 different local roof contractors you find (most scammers are from out of town)
5) Do your due diligence on any roof contractor (Check the Better Business Bureau, online reviews (Google Maps, GuildQuality, Yelp, other websites, etc)
6) Read our “Do Your Homework” section for more information on how you can check out your roof contractor and be assured you are hiring a legitimate, qualified roofing company.
Scammers, bad roofers, even some legitimate, though poorly-trained, start-ups (inexperienced and/or one man operations) can cause more damage to your roof (and wallet) in the form of shoddy work, cheap materials, property damage, and delays then the original problem!
Our consumer section on avoiding scams, “Do Your Homework”, provides details on what to look out for and what you can do to avoid a bad roofer or scam. Feel free to contact Atlanta Roofing Specialists with additional questions and for more information!
For over 28 years, Atlanta Roofing Specialists has been serving the Metro Atlanta area, offering free roof inspections with decades of experience and a proven track record of quality on exceptional customer service. Contact us at 770-419-2222 today!