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How to Avoid a Roofing Scam?

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When hiring a roofing company or a roofing contractor, there are several important things you must consider before making a commitment to any one roofing company. There are a wide variety of roofing contractor scams out there - this free roofing report which will help you make the best decision that is right for you, your family and your home when picking a roofing company.

How to Avoid a Roofing Scam?

The easiest way to avoid a roofing contractor scam is to do your research first.

Find out if your roofing contractor is a good choice by checking with the local Better Business Bureau, and see if they are a member. This will give you a good idea of how long they have been around our area, and will indicate whether or not they are just here for now and will be gone when there is a problem. Also, you can call your local municipality and run a check for their license as you want to make sure you are working with a licensed roofing contractor. The BBB listing will also tell you if the Contractor has worked in other areas of the country and how they performed there. With today's social media and advanced information abilities, a roofer's reputation will follow him and can be found online simply by doing a little research.

How to Detect a Rip-Off Roofing Company?

If a Roofing Contractor asks for payment upfront, beware. Most reputable roofing contractors will carry good credit lines with more than one supplier. Therefore, a material deposit is not needed. If they ask for money for a deposit, this is a sign of weak credit history and is a huge red flag.

What to Ask Roofing Companies Before Hiring Them?

Below is a list of questions to ask roofing companies before you make a choice on who to hire:
  1. May I have a list of references from some of your past roofing jobs?
  2. How long have you been in the roofing companies business?
  3. How many leaks have you had reported this year from roofs you installed?
  4. Do you have any complaints filed with the BBB (this you can verify yourself as well)?
  5. How long is your roofing companies warranty and what does it cover?
  6. What is your time frame? (you want them on and off your roof in a week's time or less)
  7. In regards to clean up: Is it your responsibility, or theirs? Do they run a magnet to pick up loose nails? Do they clean up scrap shingles or metal roofing?

What to Look for in Roofing Contractors?

So far we have covered what you don't want in roofing contractors, but what DO you want? First and foremost, you want legitimate roofing contractors. Make sure you consider which roofing contractors will be there down the road if something were to go wrong. A solid, local based roofing contractor with roots in your area is typically better than a nationwide roofing company because they are more likely to take a personal stake in the work they do. If you follow all the suggestions listed in this roofing report, you should have a very easy time finding roofing contractors who are respectable, responsible and has a good local reputation.

Secondly, make sure you trust the roofing contractors you are working with. Don't let a pushy salesman convince you to go with him, just because he talks a good game. Ask him how long he has been with his roofing contractors. Check out his answers and do the research on his company. Make sure you feel good about the roofing contractors you hire!

What to Avoid when Picking a Roofing Company?

  1. Avoid any un-licensed/un-insured/un-bonded roofing company
  2. Avoid roofing companies who have too many complaints with the BBB
  3. Avoid any roofing company that cannot or will not provide you with references
  4. Avoid roofing companies with pushy sales people
  5. Avoid any roofing company that can't get the job done in under a week from start to finish
  6. Avoid roofing company's who don't do their own clean up
  7. Avoid roofing companies you don't trust or that you don't have a good feeling about
  8. Avoid any companies which aren't local roofing contractors

Here is how Southern Pride Roofing and Construction does business:

Step 1: A thorough inspection of the home and property will be done so that all storm related damages are identified.

Step 2: Now that we’ve identified the damages we will work with the insurance adjustor to make sure that he is aware and pays for the damages found. We will make sure that the adjustor agrees with our first inspection findings and agrees to pay for those damages found.

Step 3: Now that we have agreed on damage findings and terms with the insurance company, now Southern Pride Roofing and Construction goes to work on the repairs for your home.

Step 4: Payment process: Insurance company will forward first payment to the home owner. First payment may not be made to the homeowner alone. It might be attached to the home owner and the mortgage. Either way it is no problem.

If you have a mortgage company and the check is made payable to you and your mortgage company, Southern Pride Roofing and Construction has all required documentation to process the claim through the mortgage company and can do this for you or provide you what you need to do it on your own.

Step 5: Once all is complete, Southern Pride Roofing and Construction will bill the insurance company for all depreciation and any holdbacks at which point you receive the final payment, SPR will collect on all work completed.

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