Residential and commercial roofing scams can be a nightmare for property owners. Aside from the financial blunders they can cause people, not having a strong and secure roof is just downright dangerous. Especially as the winter months approach, if a roof is not completely secure, that can lead to serious problems for families and businesses alike.
Even the smallest crack can turn into a massive issue, acting as a gateway for water damage or even bats. That’s why prompt roof repair is so essential for homeowners and business owners alike. Unfortunately, that’s also why around this time of year scammers try to capitalize on the need for roof maintenance and try to take advantage of people.
Here are a few things you should look for when hiring someone to perform a residential or commercial roofing job.
Company or Contractor Demands High Payment
On average, homeowners spend about 1 to 4% of a home’s value on maintenance and repairs each year, if a contractor tries to get you to give them around that much or even more in cash — especially upfront — that’s a big red flag, and they might be trying to scam you. All too often, scammers ask for large payments upfront, before they even do anywork, and then as soon as they get the money they disappear with the cash, leaving behind a damaged roof and a homeowner or business owner with a large financial deficit.
Remember: It’s recommended to be suspicious of anyone who asks for any amount of money higher than 20 to 25% upfront.
Creating More Damaging or Worsening Pre-Existing Damage
Some scammers will actually perform roofing repair jobs or inspections but will scam you out of every possible cent in the process. Make sure that before you hire any roofers to take a look at the damage, you first photograph every part of your home. Sometimes these scammers will try and manufacture storm damage and blame it on natural causes, or they’ll try and further damage already-existing damage in hopes of increasing the amount of the repair costs.
Using Incorrect Materials and Tools
Believe it or not, but it’s actually easy to fake professionalism if you show up on time, act nice, and have a repair belt. Most people are unaware of what roofers actually need to handle even the simplest of repair jobs, so scammers can bring faulty equipment to a job, make it look like they’re doing work, and then walk off with your money. Make sure you do a little research beforehand and have an idea of what to look for in a commercial roofing company.
If you’re in need or residential or commercial roofing assistance in Oklahoma City, don’t get scammed, contact Robbins Roofing today!