How to Avoid Roofer Scams

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There are a lot of illegitimate roofers out there. Here are some of the tell-tale signs that someone might be trying to scam you with roof repair jobs.

Storm Chasers

This one won’t catch you by surprise. Right after a big storm, they show up at your door with a laundry list of repairs that need to be made to your roof. Most of these are going to be repairs not needed.

No Down Payment

Everyone knows that if you can’t pay something in full there will always be a down payment. There are companies that will actually submit two different bids, one for you, one for the insurance company. There will be different prices. This is how they get rid of the down payment. This is illegal.

Super Low Quote

When you receive a quote that is really cheap, this should automatically set off some alarms. They start low and then all of a sudden there are more repairs to be made. Yes, sometimes you don’t see an underlying problem until you start working. But these guys take it to another level with an increase in costs. It could be something they didn’t see or even claim an increase in the price of materials.

Ready to Work

Like any other industry, roofers have their downtimes and are looking for work. Most roofers will not start work the same day or even the very next. A lot of these people want to get in and get out. This is a sign of a scammer. They are usually from out of town and just want to get their money and run. If you run into this situation take a look at their plates or see if the phone number they give you is from out of state. This could be a sign of a roofing scam in the making.

Unseen Damage

Some of these people will try to point out damage that they say cannot be seen by a layman’s eyes. They will actually try to get permission to go up on the roof. Then try to take pictures of the damage (mostly what they caused). Don’t let anybody on your property or your roof that you didn’t invite.

These are just some of the scams out there and new ones will constantly be invented. Davis Roofing and Construction has been serving the Chicago area for over 60 years. We are licensed and insured like any legitimate roofing company. Call or contact us for a free quote. We will sit down with you and explain everything that needs to be done. We will answer any questions you may have and work with you like any legitimate roofing contractor should.

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