How To Avoid Roofing Scams
How To Avoid Roofing Scams
Want to avoid roofing scams? It happens every storm season. Severe weather hits and does a number on roofs across an area. Inevitably, homeowners will file an insurance claim and once approved, start to look for roofing companies. The concern is discerning which roofing contractors are legitimate and which are preying on unsuspecting homeowners.
How Roofing Scammers Find You
After a hail storm, many roofing companies buy a “hail report map”. This same information is available to the scammers and gives them clear indication where to descend upon. They’re especially concerned with areas of extreme hail damage because they know your insurance carrier will likely approve a roof replacement. Their sale tactics are usually refined and well-rehearsed to target vulnerable homeowners.
How Scammers Replace a Roof (as Compared to a Reputable Roofing Company)
Many roofing scammers are very clever and plan their tactics long before putting a nail on your roof. They, again, use the same technology as legitimate roofing companies by purchasing an “EagleView” of your home. This gives them exact measurements so they can predetermine what likely the insurance claim will produce. As such, they know their margins and work hard to put the bare minimum amount of work necessary. The finished product might pass inspection, however, the shoddy work will reveal itself in 5-7 years. (Properly installed shingles should last 20+ years)
If you hoped for any sort of craftsmanship warranty on their work, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to find them once they leave. They have no incentive to do good work and no reputation to maintain or protect.
How to Avoid Scammers
At Absolute Roofing, we do our best to educate homeowners when they’re shopping around for omaha roofing companies. Do your research. We’ve even created a guide called Hiring a Roofing Contractor Checklist (8 Questions To Ask) to give you insider tips of what to ask. Additionally, we also encourage you to ask for documentation of permits, licensing, and insurance. Don’t take someone’s word, but ask for a physical document verify the claims. (Tip: You insurance usually requires it anyways)
Lastly, some easy things to check is verify they have a physical office, in-state plates, and check for their online reviews.
Hire a Reputable Roofing Company
Roofing scammers will never go away, but you can learn how to avoid roofing scams. While we realize there are several other reputable roofing companies, we can promise you a great experience working with Absolute. Our online reviews on Google and Facebook speak for themselves. Give us a call at (402) 889-3381 to schedule a free inspection or fill out our contact form.