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3 Common Roofing Scams And How to Avoid Them

3 Common Roofing Scams And How to Avoid Them

3 Common Roofing Scams And How to Avoid Them

Every year, many fraudulent roofers try to con innocent homeowners with schemes that will cost them money and leave them with inferior roofing jobs.

These dishonest people usually target homeowners who are looking to make home repairs cheaper than normal and end up more problems than they bargained for. They seek out areas with senior citizens and places where the homes recently had storm damage. These types of roofers end up using poor roofing materials, leaving the home even worse than they initially were.

Dishonest roofers can be hard to identify but they usually have a pattern to them that should alert you to their shady practices.

Here are some common roofing scams and how to make sure that you are not a victim:

Scam 1 – Storm chasers

After a big storm, some home owners are vulnerable because they are concerned about the cost of repairs. These so-called storm chasers usually go from house to house and offer huge discounts if you fill out insurance claims.

Beware of such offers because the work that they will do for you will be very inferior. These storm chasers visit neighborhoods and try to maximize the scam, fixing many roofs for as cheap as possible and then they skip town right after. The newly installed roofs end up falling apart after just a short while.

To avoid a scam, never rush into signing any new agreement with any roofer. Call their insurance company first to confirm references and credentials. Confirm that they have a local roofer’s license and confirm that the business actually exists.

Scam 2 – Low opening bid

These dishonest roofers will first offer you an unbeatable price. Once the work begins, they tend to introduce unforeseen costs. At the end of the job, you end up paying so much more than you agreed upon.

To avoid this scam, do your research to know the actual cost of the project. Talk to different reputable roofers in Longwood to hear about their process and make sure everything is agreed in writing and backed by insurance. We at Dehlinger charge one full fee for everything and keep to our word.

Scam 3 – Mystery damage scam

Your roof is in perfect condition and then a roofer appears at your door to tell you about some imaginary damage to your roof and then keeps going on about something vague.

To avoid this scam, don’t trust anyone who just happens to be driving by your home and claims that spot roofing damage from just driving by. If you are in doubt, contact Dehlinger for a second opinion. We will send a qualified, licensed roofer in Longwood to carry out a thorough inspection of your roof to give you an accurate and factual assessment.