The state of Texas leaves it up to property owners to pinpoint trustworthy, high-quality roofers. Though the state might eventually require roofers to be certified, just about anyone can claim to be a roofer at the current moment. The mantra of “buyer beware” certainly applies. There are plenty of scam artists posing as legitimate roofers, especially in the aftermath of hailstorms.
Don’t let Scammers Capitalize on Your Vulnerability
Texas gets its fair share of wind, rain and hail. If your roof endures any sort of damage from these storms, do not hire any old roofer to perform the repairs. Fraudsters abound, especially following nasty weather. Some even go door-to-door peddling their alleged services. If anyone shows up at your door following a storm and tries to sell roof repair services, tell them to go away and shut the door. Few, if any, elite roofers attempt door-to-door sales in this day and age.
The Deductible Scam
Some shady roofers will tell a prospective customer he does not have to pay his insurance deductible. They will state there are ways around paying this portion of the claim. However, these means of bypassing the payment work for the scammer rather than the property owner. The fraudster proceeds to use low-quality or stolen materials for the job. He over-bills the insurance company or performs a fraction of the work described in the adjuster report. The property owner sends the fraudulent invoice to the insurance company and can be found guilty of fraud. This action is punishable by upwards of two years in jail plus fines.
This scam starts out with the fraudster using the deductible lie described above to persuade you to sign a contingent. Details are worked out with the insurance adjuster so the repair project can commence. The problem is the fraudster’s contingent contains “bird seed” that states you owe a certain amount of money for their representation or you agree to pay for your roof to be replaced for an unspecified amount of money.
Be Leery of Sales Calls Following Storms
There are plenty of lead generation groups that call homeowners in an area hit by harsh storms. They offer roof repair and replacement services over the phone. Yet they won’t state the name of the business they represent. This is due to the fact that they are not a part of a legitimate roofing company. They sucker highly vulnerable property owners into their scam, take their information and sell it to a Dallas roofing company. The roofer pursues these “leads” to push their repair/replacement services.
Due to recent storms, North Texas has fallen victim to an alarming number of these scam calls and contracts. This means legitimate Dallas roofing companies are having to manage a spike in roof repairs as well as repair damage caused by fraudulent roofers.
Paying Repair Costs Before the Work is Performed
A roofer who requests payment for the full cost of the repairs up front might be a scam artist. Demanding the entire payment all at once before performing any work is one of the quickest ways to pilfer a homeowner’s hard-earned money. Senior citizens commonly fall prey to this scam. Many will take the money and never return to perform the repairs. A trustworthy and credible Dallas roofing company won’t request full payment before the work commences. In general, an initial payment of 50-75% is necessary to secure a roofer’s services.
How to Find a Legitimate Dallas Roofing Business
It takes a little bit of effort to ensure you are doing business with a credible roofing company. Check the prospect’s website before hiring any Dallas roofing company. Make sure there is a legitimate “About Us” section, address and phone number. Take a look at the company’s online reviews. It also helps to check with the Better Business Bureau to find out if customers have logged complaints against the prospect.
Elevated Roofing provides the assistance you need to repair roofing problems quickly and easily or provide full roof replacement. If you are looking for a Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney area roofing company, take a look at our website to learn about the services we offer or call (469) 305-0010 today to schedule a free roof inspection.
Roofing Repair Frisco TX
Elevated Roofing, LLC
15222 King Road, Suite 402
Frisco, Texas 75034