If you’re a homeowner looking for roofing services, you must do your due diligence and thoroughly research any potential contractor. No matter how attractive the initial offer may seem, there are some common “red flags” that you should look out for before hiring a roofer. Find out these six key warning signs before choosing a roof company to work with.
1. Are They Asking for a Down Payment?
A common red flag to look for is any unusual payment requirements. If your roofing contractor requires a down payment before starting a job, it can indicate that the roofer may not have enough money or capital to complete the project and needs those funds from you in advance.
2. Are They Offering a Roof Layover?
Another red flag to watch out for is any recommendation of an inadequate or shortcut solution that involves putting “roofing material” directly on top of old shingles instead of removing them and installing a brand-new roof. A reputable roofer would never recommend such a fix-it job without first explaining that it is only temporary. Water can seep through the layers and cause long-term damage leading to major repair bills.
3. Do They Have Inadequate Credentials?
Never work with an unlicensed or uncertified contractor. Reputable contractors will proudly display credentials on their website, social media pages and other marketing materials. Check out reviews and ask for referrals to get first-hand accounts of the company’s service quality.
4. Are They Out-of-Town Contractors?
It’s always best to work with contractors who are local to the area. Storms and weather patterns vary from region to region, and an out-of-town contractor may not be able to recommend materials or installation techniques that will withstand your unique climate conditions. It can also be nearly impossible to track down an out-of-town roofer after the job, so they won’t be there to fix their mistakes if they do a poor job.
5. Is Their Estimate a Lot Lower Than Other Reputable Roofers?
Be wary of any extremely low estimates, as they may be making up for their bare-bones overhead expenses with lower-quality materials and inadequate installation techniques. The roof estimate should be in line with other reputable roofers’ estimates.
6. Are They Refusing To Provide a Written Contract or Statement of Your Right To Cancel?
Finally, don’t do business with any roofer that refuses to provide you with a written contract. A written contract is essential for any construction project. It will typically outline the general scope of the job, payment schedule, materials and equipment being used, warranty information and even permits required from your local city or county.
If you want to repair or replace your roof, turn to a local roofing company you can trust. Contractors at Bone Dry Roofing Columbus in OH are Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractors and are reliable communicators. Call us today at 614-602-5912 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.