Roof replacement is a significant project that requires a dependable and competent contractor. It’s usually easy to find honest and reputable roofers, especially locally owned ones. However, you should always take your time getting to know a roofer before hiring them for a project. This is to protect yourself against shady businesses who will lie just so they can take your money.
In this post, trusted roofing expert Home Pro Exteriors lists the most common lies that unscrupulous roofers tell.
“Your Roof Is Covered With Lifetime Warranty”
Roofing warranties are typically a limited lifetime warranty at best. This means they can provide coverage for 40 to 50 years. Some contractors may intentionally mislead you by claiming their roofs come with a lifetime warranty. Make sure to verify this information and get all the necessary details. It’s also best to have this in writing. Also, don’t’ forget to check the specific type of warranty provided by the installer since there are different types of roofing warranties. Furthermore, the coverage of roofing warranties varies, so make sure you have a good understanding of what you are signing up for.
“We Do Not Subcontract”
Generally, there’s nothing wrong with subcontracting, especially if the subcontractors are skilled and qualified roofers and they are a legitimate business. But if a contractor says they won’t subcontract your roof repair or replacement job and they actually intend to do the opposite, then you might be in trouble. This lie could blindside you in case of an accident or injury in the worksite and the subcontractor does not have the proper insurance to cover the incident. With that in mind, it’s better for a contractor to be honest about their subcontracting practices so that you can do your own background check on their subcontractor.
“We Can’t Help But Notice the Storm Damage on Your Roof While Doing a Job in the Neighborhood”
This is a lie that’s typically used by storm chasers, who go to places that have been recently hit by a storm and offer their roofing services door-to-door. While some roofers can actually be well-meaning, you should still practice caution when you hear this line from a roofer whom you did not personally seek out. You can ask them about the work that they have been doing in the neighborhood — like where was it exactly and for whom. Consider how they present themselves too. Do they look professional and have a company-marked truck, clothing and business cards? If they have none of these things, they could potentially be a scam.
Home Pro Exteriors is a locally owned company that specializes in roofing, siding, windows, decks, and more. Our team is composed of dedicated and experienced professionals who can deliver the best results for your project. Call us at (845) 343-1777 or fill out our contact form to request a free consultation. We serve customers in Middletown, NY, and the surrounding areas.