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3 Clear Signs You’re Dealing with a Roofing Scam

Roofing scams leave trusting homeowners stuck with bad roofs and drained bank accounts. Roofing scammers typically either do inefficient work using poor-quality materials, or just take their victims’ money and never come back to do any work.

These criminals often circulate in neighborhoods with older houses or where homes have recently been damaged by major storms. The con-artists exploit victims’ fear of expensive repairs.

These types of scammers can be difficult to identify, but here are a few clear warning signs you should keep an eye out for.

1. Unusually Low Bid

A contractor may offer you a replacement or repair price that is much lower than the others you’ve received from roofing companies you’ve asked to provide bids. Then, after the work is started, the price begins to escalate. The scam artist may inflate the material cost or claim that unforeseen problems require an increase in the bill.

Although roofing material costs do fluctuate, the overall repair price should not start increasing during a roofing project.

Remember: Do your own research before allowing any roofing work to begin. Ask licensed roofing contractors about their pricing. Make sure that you get a clear agreement in writing from your contractor that materials, labor or other prices will not be increased from the bid amount during the project.

2. Undetectable Damage

A roofer arrives at your door claiming they have noticed some damage on your roof. This person points to some damage that you don’t see for yourself, but he insists is a serious indicator of needed repair.

Roofing scam artists may claim that they find roof damage where none exists. Other roof scammers have even been caught intentionally causing damage, and then providing estimates to repair it.

Remember: Beware of the roofer who knocks on your door and says he has noticed signs of serious damage on your roof. Get a second opinion, if you think there really may be an issue. It is also important to have regular roofing inspections from a reputable roofer you can trust.

3. Uninvited Bid for Storm Damage Repair

Roofing scam artists known as “storm chasers” may go from door-to-door offering to replace or repair roofs that appear damaged. They offer a new roof for an unrealistically big discount by filing out an insurance claim. Or, they may say they have extra materials from a roof they just finished in the neighborhood, and offer a big discount to replace or repair your roof too.

The work these scammers do is often poor and inefficient, causing you to have the roof repaired again. Their goal is to hit as many homes as possible and get out of town quickly. The roofs they install may have a small fraction of the life expectancy of a roof installed by a qualified professional.

Remember: Don’t allow yourself to be rushed into paying a roofer who insists that the work must be done very quickly. Take time to confirm the contractor’s licensing, liability insurance coverages, local references and Better Business Bureau record.

It’s also important to remember to never allow a roofer who arrives uninvited to go up on your roof and to never sign a roofing contract until you have taken time to research the company.

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4 Stress-Free Ways to Keep Your Pet Calm During Roof Repairs

The need for a roof repair never happens at a convenient time. The noise, the mess, and the upheaval of a roof repair job can be stressful for any homeowner, but pets can really show their frustration and stress during a roof repair. In return, when pets act out it can be distracting for the roof repair experts and even upset your whole household. The following are a list of ways to reduce stress on your pets while the roofing experts focus on getting the job done right.

Ways to Calm Your Pet During a Roof Repair Project:

  • Plan for exercise: When nerves are frayed, a good healthy dose of exercise can do a lot to calm down pets. Go for a run with your dog, take your pet to a park and play catch, or any other fun activity.
  • Make a safe space for your animal: Roof repairs take time. You might not be available to take your pet out of the house while the repairs are ongoing. Instead, plan for a cozy, dark, safe space where your pet can hide. Stock the area with treats, plenty of hiding places, and comforting toys.
  • Spend time together: Giving lots of attention to your pet will help create a pleasant distraction. Talk to them, play together, and give lots of pets and scratches to help minimize stress.

At Premiere Roofing, we do our best to minimize any disruptions to you or your pet’s life. Contact us today to find out more about how we do our job efficiently and effectively with minimal disruptions to your life or to schedule an appointment.

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