There are a lot of houses and buildings in America, especially in large Metro areas of major cities like Atlanta. As such, roofing work is always in demand and as a result, there are hundreds of roof contractors available at any one time.
Unfortunately, roofing isn’t a heavily regulated industry in many places which means just about anyone with a ladder and truck can proclaim to be a roofer, whether they have the ethics and skills or not.
As a consequence, every year thousands of homeowners make complaints to places like the Better Business Bureau in search of relief after being ripped off or simply hiring a less-than-qualified “roofer“.
Do Your Homework On Every Roofer You Consider
It’s up to you to avoid becoming another statistic. Fortunately, you have the tools to do this right now, right in front of your eyes!
The internet has changed many things, some for the worse, some for the better, but one thing that is definitely a plus is that you can easily research any roofer you come across and verify that information quickly.
With a little common sense and due diligence, you can avoid bad roofers
- If it’s sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- High-pressure sales tactics aren’t needed in this industry. If they push you for a decision right now, you can say no! Most legitimate roof contractors aren’t hurting for clients, so if they are pushing you, that’s a red flag.
- Don’t allow anyone in your home or up on your roof you do not know. That door to door roofer that randomly shows up may not even be a roofer, do some research and verify they are who they say they are before allowing them into your home.
- Get 3 estimates from 3 different roof contractors, especially if you aren’t sure about the bids or roofer. Comparisons can really bring out some of the bull that some of the less ethical “roofers” pull.
- Use the tools you have and thoroughly check out your roofer. Check out the Better Business Bureau, reviews on third party sites like GuildQuality, Yelp, Facebook and Google. Fake reviews are a thing so check several places and not just one to get a better picture. Call the references they provide (and it should be many references) and don’t be afraid to ask about anything you need to be sure the company you hire is right for you.
- Check out our page “Do Your Homework!” For more tips on vetting your potential roofer.
Scammers, bad roofers, even some legitimate start-ups who just aren’t ready to take on complicated repairs 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! The last thing victims of natural disasters need, is to be ripped off but it happens. Don’t let it happen to you!