5 Red Flags That Tell You To Avoid A Roofing Company

by / Thursday, 15 September 2022 / Published in Roofing Contractor, Tips

If a roofer does this, don’t let them work on your house, say roofing experts of California.

Don’t Get Stuck With A Bad Contractor!

Roofing repair and roofing replacement are areas of business where there is always work to be found. Unfortunately, sometimes unscrupulous people try to take advantage of homeowners by pressuring them into getting work done on their roof. If you do need a roofing contractor, then you will have to do some research to make sure you are choosing a reliable roofing company. Here are a few red flags that mean you should avoid this roofer at all costs.

Red Flag #1: Rushing You to Sign a Contract

No matter what roofing supply or roofing type is needed, no reputable contractor is going to force you to sign a contract right away. They understand the need for budgeting and research. If a person will not even perform an estimate without your signing a contract, tell them to leave and move on to the next candidate.

Red Flag #2: Asking for Money Upfront

Once a homeowner has employed a particular contractor it is not out of the ordinary for them to ask for a small deposit ($500 or less) for supply costs. If the person is asking for 50% or more of the cost upfront, they may be scamming you and will take off with the money without doing any work on your roof. 

Red Flag #3: No Portfolio or References

If a “contractor” refuses to show you a portfolio (digital or otherwise) of their work or won’t give you references but claims they did work for neighbors recently, then this is a major warning sign. A reputable contractor will be happy to show their work or provide references from happy customers. Never be afraid to ask about these things.

Red Flag #4: Unbelievably Low Estimates

If a contractor does a roof inspection and quotes the homeowner a price that seems too good to be true, it probably is. They may not be adding in costs that will only show up in the final bill. Likewise, incredibly high estimates may be exaggerating damage in order to get insurance to pay more money. As with most things, you tend to get what you pay for when it comes to roofing maintenance and repair.

Red Flag #5: Not Answering Questions

A lack of communication is one of the biggest red flags in the industry.  A reliable contractor will be willing to answer any questions a customer may have about the process and the estimate. They want to make sure you understand what you are paying for. They will go over it line by line if necessary so you know what each thing is. 

If the person you are working with gives vague answers or avoids answering specific questions, there is a serious issue.  If a customer is asking questions and someone on the business end goes completely silent, it was likely some sort of scam to get a payday with little or no work.

What Good Contractors Do

A reputable company will be proud of its work and have good reviews online. Their years of experience and quality work will speak for themselves. They will be able to answer any questions and will not pressure customers into signing something before they are ready. A great contractor wants their customers to have peace of mind as well as be free of roof leaks.

About Modern Method Roofing

Serving Napa, CA and the surrounding areas, Modern Method Roofing has over six decades of service in residential and commercial roofing. We offer 100% financing and free estimates. Call us today for all your roof and guttering needs.

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