BEST PRACTICES TO HIRE A ROOFER

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When a storm damages your roof, you will likely want to fix it as quickly as possible. However, to ensure proper repairs, homeowners should take all of the following steps:

  • Call your insurance company to understand exactly what damage is covered.
  • Obtain at least three estimates in writing and ensure each contractor provides references.

After checking references, choose a contractor who is an established member of the community, is insured or bonded, and has a proven track record.

 

Request a contract in writing and ensure it is completely filled out before signing. Ensure the following information is included:

  • Cost;
  • Description of work to be completed;
  • Time schedule;
  • Guarantees; and
  • Payments schedule.

Do not make the final payment until all work is completed and to satisfaction.

HOW TO SPOT A SCAMMER

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Fraudulent roofers look just like the real thing but often offer extremely cheap repairs or quick turnarounds. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A contractor may be fraudster if he/she:

  • Is going door to door offering services;
  • Offers a particularly good deal or claims to have leftover materials from another job;
  • Only provides out-of-state references;
  • Requires a high, upfront, or all cash payment (especially for materials);
  • Requests a signature on an incomplete or blank contract; or
  • Is uninsured or unbonded.