Although it can be stressful, roof repair and replacement is a great way to improve the value of your property. Many homeowners do not have experience with hiring contractors. A sense of urgency and sales tactics can fool you into hiring a dishonest contractor. Always trust your instincts, and look out for these red flags when researching roofing contractors.
1. They Don’t Have a Portfolio
Roofing contractors have to start somewhere. Sometimes, a contractor with no portfolio will tell you that they are just starting out. They may even offer you a discount so they can use your home in building their portfolio. Don’t fall for it. Even if you are their very first roofing job, they should have some experience in another related field. Ask them for references, such as old bosses or happy customers that you can call. Not having a portfolio could be a sign that they don’t have any happy customers to show.
2. They Don’t Have Their Own Insurance
Roofing services should have their own insurance. Liability insurance is a must because it will protect you from having to take on the costs if an employee gets hurt on the job. Trained roofing contractors are very careful, but roof repair and replacement is a dangerous job. Since there are power tools and heavy equipment around, even the most cautious workers can be injured. Insurance is a necessity for whichever contractor you choose.
3. They Don’t Want to Work on a Contract
Each contractor you consider should be equipped with a basic contract for you. Some roofing jobs might need to be modified. Always have a legal representative with you to look it over when changing a contract. Don’t trust a contractor who says his word is his contract. Words are not what will protect you in court.
4. They Pressure You into Hiring Them
A professional roofing service should never pressure you or try to scare you into hiring their services. A professional opinion is much different than a scare tactic. For example, “Your roof will develop mold and leaks if it sits in the rain unrepaired” is a professional opinion. “Your roof is a ticking time bomb” is a scare tactic.
Additionally, don’t trust a contractor that says you won’t be able to find anyone else but them. They may try to hint that all other companies are scams or booked. They are trying to pressure you into hiring their services. Always get at least a few estimates before hiring a roofing contractor.
5. They Want to Work For Cash Under the Table
The reason why roofing services say they prefer cash payment are trying to get out of paying income taxes. Although there’s not much of a chance that you’ll be responsible for this, under the table work is not documented and therefore not guaranteed. There is not warranty or valid receipt for under the table work.
Hiring a professional roofing service doesn’t have to be a game of going with your gut instinct. Keep these five red flags in mind. After narrowing it down to the contractors who do not show any of these warning signs, you will have some professional, trustworthy, and high quality roofing services. Then you can choose between them based on their portfolio and price.