How NOT to Hire a Roofing Contractor

This is a busy time for roofers in the Bay Area. Last year’s heavy rains made people think twice about putting off that roof replacement. Many reputable roofing companies are booked through the summer and into the fall. So, exercise caution if a salesperson knocks on your door offering a great roofing deal.

Inexperienced, Opportunistic Scammers are Ready to Take Advantage of Unsuspecting Homeowners

door-to-door-salesmenIf someone knocks on your door to say his crew is in the neighborhood, doing another roof and offers you a deal – close the door.

Chances are, “his crew” is untrained, the materials substandard and the price no deal at all.

A roof is a serious, substantial investment. We all want to save money where we can. Cutting corners to save money on your roof now, could cost more in the long run.

A client recently revealed she’d been tempted, when an acquaintance offered to get some friends together to tear-off her old roof and replace it with supplies from the local big box store.

The Deal Sounded Great Until She Considered the Risks:

  • Who is responsible for knowing what permits are needed?
  • Do these guys carry liability or worker’s comp insurance?
  • If someone falls can the homeowner be sued?
  • What happens if they fail to finish the job?

The risks increase as the degree of difficulty increases. Steeply slanted roofs can be very difficult to work on and the roofing material you choose is also a factor.

Tile, slate and metal roofs are more complex than simple shingles.

You’ll want to find a roofer who can advise you on the best materials for your specific roof style and geographic location.

Don’t Think the Biggest Company is the Best

big-sale-roofing-scammersLarge firms often use subcontractors to cover their territory. You’ll want to know that upfront.

Talking to a salesperson is not the same as dealing with the person who shows up the day your roof replacement job starts. Talk to that person before you sign any contract.

In fact, getting at least three roofing estimates is part of your job. You’ll want to vet contractors.

Ask questions:

  1. Who will do the work and are you getting a detailed estimate and timeline spelling that out?
  2. Is everyone involved in the work an employee of the roofing contractor or do they subcontract the work out?
  3. Are the employees covered by liability and workers’ comp?
  4. Who pulls the permits?
  5. How will nearby trees and plants be protected?

Taking the time to make an informed decision will provide years of protection for you and your family. Contact us today, and make an appointment to meet with one of our professionals.