4 Things To Avoid When Choosing a Roofing Company

1. Low Starting Bid

  • Some contractors will offer you an extremely low estimate, one that is far lower than any competitor you’ve talked with. Once the work starts, the price could creep up due to “unforeseen problems” and “inflated material costs”.

2. No Credentials, Insurance, or Permits

  • A telltale sign that you’re getting ripped off by someone claiming to be a professional roofer is when they cannot produce the necessary credentials needed to legally complete the job. If a roofer is reluctant to provide a copy of their license or they can’t provide proof of insurance, this is a red flag.

3. Large Down Payment

  • Another is when the contractor asks for a ridiculously large deposit or down payment. Many roofers don’t require a down payment and can order materials and supplies without it, while some may require a reasonable deposit of anywhere between 10-15% to cover materials. That being said, if a roofer is asking for more than 20%, don’t go with them.

4. Insurance Fraud

  • There are a few types of insurance fraud that a contractor may attempt to commit. One of these is submitting two separate invoices, a lower one to the homeowner, and a much higher one to the insurance company. This is illegal.
If you found these tips helpful, leave a comment below. Reach out to us if you need any assistance setting up a consultation, or if you have any general roofing questions!

7 thoughts on “4 Things To Avoid When Choosing a Roofing Company”

  1. Its helpful when you said that if a roofer is asking for more than 20%, don’t go with them. There was a storm yesterday and I realized that the roof of my house has been damaged. I want to hire a roofing contractor that can help me make my roof more durable even if I have to get a new one. Thanks for the article and I hope that I can get a great roofing contractor soon!

  2. Its helpful when you said that if a roofer is asking for more than 20% of deposit payment, don’t go with them. I want to replace the roof of my house as it is getting worn out quickly. I would need to talk to a professional to determine which type of roof is best for my house. Thanks for the article!

  3. I agree with you that if a roofer requests a down payment of more than 20%, we should not contract them. This weekend, I plan to replace the roof on my house, which is rapidly deteriorating. To determine which sort of roof is appropriate for my home, I would need to consult with an expert. Thank you for writing this article!

  4. It was certainly useful information when you said it’s best to be careful of insurance fraud since there might be a chance that your contractor will submit a lower invoice to you but send a much higher one to the insurance company. Our barn house’s roof is pretty old now so we’re hoping to replace it with a new one soon. I’ll be sure to be careful when choosing which roofing company should we hire for the job.

  5. My mother thinks that she might need to get her home reroofed because she has noticed shingles are starting to fall off. It makes sense that she would want to hire a roofing company that can show their license and proof of insurance. I’ll have to tell her that because I think that would help make sure she could choose professionals who would get things done safely and correctly.

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