How To Spot a Roofing Scam

We all know how important it is to have a roof over our heads. Unfortunately, people with bad intentions know this as well and they will use that knowledge to perpetrate scams that can leave homeowners and their homes in a worse condition than before those hustlers showed up. These scam artists target vulnerable and innocent homeowners in order to turn a quick profit.

Their workmanship is often quick and dirty, sometimes there is not even any workmanship at all, they will simply take your money and run. Worst of all are the scammers who get you in trouble with insurance companies via insurance fraud. You can use these tips to spot any sleazy roofing contractors. Indianapolis residents should pay special care to avoid any contractor who seems too good to be true, since there is a good chance that they are neither.

Beware of Storm Chasers

Storm chasers follow bad weather events, look for homes with roofing damage, and offer to fix the roof for the homeowner. While they may give you a legitimate roof for your money, they are almost always from out of town and there is no guarantee that they’ll be around should you ever have a warranty issue. Since they are out to make a quick profit, they will often use the cheapest materials possible. You should know that after a storm, there are legitimate, local  roofing contractors in Indianapolis who would be glad to come look at your roof and answer any questions you may have.

Look Out For Lowballers

Sometimes a roofing contractor will offer a bid that is much lower than everyone else’s. Such a deal might be hard to resist, but you should resist it because it could be another scam. While the costs might be low up front, they could rise exponentially in the back end as the contractor jacks up the price for materials in the middle of the project. They will usually do this once installation has begun, leaving you with the dilemma of refusing to pay and leaving the job undone, or eating the costs. They might also be using low quality materials, jeopardizing the integrity of your roof after the job is done.

While the price of materials does change over time, an honest roofing contractor will not change the price of those materials in the middle of a project. Before hiring a contractor, be sure to discuss their pricing scheme beforehand to make sure that you are not hit with any surprise markups or unforeseen complications. Better yet consult with multiple roofing contractors so that you get an idea of how much a roof repair or replacement should cost so that you can recognize any offers that are suspiciously low.

Don’t Fall For Roofing Scams

You can always trust Jackson Contracting Inc. to do a thorough honest job when you call us to make an appointment. We will not perform high pressure tactics or use substandard materials or techniques when we repair or replace your roof. Roofing scams don’t just hurt homeowners, they hurt honest businesses as well because they make victimized homeowners more suspicious. We only want the best for our customers and we only deliver the best for our customers, because your trust is more important to us than your money.

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