The old saying that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is, rings true when it comes to finding a roofing contractor. If you come across a company that offers prices that are much lower than the other quotes you received recently, chances are there is a very good reason for it. We want to make sure that you are hiring only the best, which means that you should watch out for the top scams that many companies try to pull.
Low Grade Materials
Your roof is a long-term investment. Chances are you don’t want to be replacing it again in a year or two, which means you need quality products used on your new installation. As the contractor you are considering using what types of products they use. Even if you don’t know anything about roofing, you can tell when they are trying to pull a fast one on you. Ask questions about the weight of the shingles, the quality of the caulk and the age of their equipment. If they balk at your questions or can’t answer them at all, you should move on.
Inspect the Insurance
A roofing company is required to carry liability and workmen’s comp insurance. This protects you in the long run in the event that something goes wrong on the job, including the contractor getting hurt while working on your roof. Many companies will claim they have insurance, but they really don’t or they don’t have adequate insurance. It’s okay to ask to see their certificate and inspect it for its legitimacy.
Check out the Labor
Ask questions about the people that will be working on your roof. How long have they been with the company and what is their experience in the roofing industry? The companies that low-ball their prices typically are using contractors that they pick up on a daily basis and might or might not have experience in the industry.
When you are looking for the perfect roofing contractors, money is not the only consideration. Take a close look at what you are getting for the money that you spend and remember that your roof is an investment in your home. Don’t be afraid to inquire about the important details including the employees, materials and presence of insurance to ensure that you are not being taken by a scam.