As summer approaches, homeowners should be on the lookout for potential roofing scams. Scammers running a confidence trick often pose as representatives of reputable roofing companies, offering “free” roof inspections to nearby residents. Unfortunately, most scams behind these inspections are often a ploy to pressure homeowners into hiring such a dishonest business or company for repairs that are not needed or overpriced.
The National Roof Certification and Inspection Association (NRCIA), a trusted organization in the roofing industry, warns homeowners to be cautious when they avoid roofing scams when it comes to a free roof inspection or inspections. Please visit the BBB scam tracker cautioning about Free Roof Inspections. Here are some tips to help you avoid falling victim to a roofing scam:
Don’t Trust Unsolicited Free Roof Inspection Offers
If a roofing company contacts you unsolicited, be wary. Scammers may use names that suggest a state affiliation or pretend to be working on the roof repair at a neighbor’s home to appear trustworthy. However, legitimate roofing companies usually don’t go door-to-door offering free inspections.
Check with Your Insurance Company and Better Business Bureau
Before signing any contracts or paperwork with a roofing company, contact your insurance company. They can inspect your roof and provide an estimate of any damage or repairs needed. This way, you can avoid falling for a scam or being overcharged for unnecessary repairs.
Research Potential Roofing Company’s business rating
Before hiring any roofing company, do your research. Check their business rating on BBB.org and read reviews and complaints from past customers to research roofing companies. The NRCIA recommends working with a reputable roofing company that has a good reputation in the industry.
Don’t Sign Anything Under Pressure
If a roofing inspector pressures you into hiring their company for repairs, don’t sign anything without doing your due diligence. Ask the insurance company for a written estimate and review it carefully. If you feel uncomfortable, seek a second opinion from another roofing company or contractor.
Be Cautious During Summer Storms
Summer storms can be a prime time for roofing scams, as scammers can see natural disasters and use them as a reason to offer free inspections or fabricate damage. Be especially cautious during this time and follow the tips above to protect yourself.
By following these tips, you can help protect yourself from falling victim to a roofing scam. Don’t let unscrupulous scammers take advantage of you during these summer storms. Work with a reputable roofing company that is a member of the NRCIA to ensure your roof is properly maintained and inspected.