April showers bring May flowers, and scammers. Especially after periods of heavy rain and storms, roofing contractors have their work cut out for them this time of year. When the storms come and compromised roofs reveal problems, the influx of calls can overwhelm even the largest roof contracting company.
It’s during these busy times that storm chasers and roofing scammers come out in force, taking advantage of those who were unfortunate enough to have a roof problem during one of the busier seasons of the year.
Many are door to door solicitors and while many are easy to spot, many more are quite clever in providing an legitimate look to their truck, paperwork, websites even advertisements. They take advantage of people’s ignorance of the roofing business and either take the money and run or buy cheap materials which they slap together haphazardly where the victim doesn’t realize they’ve been ripped off until long after the scammer has gone.
Follow these tips to avoid becoming a victim!
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 roof contractors you find
5) Do your homework on any roof contractor (Check the Better Business Bureau, online reviews, 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 company.
Scammers, bad roofers, even some legitimate 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!
Atlanta Roofing Specialists has been serving the Metro Atlanta area since 1993, 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!