Just like all other trades, roofing contractors have their share of scams. These scammers are often good at their jobs because they know the ins and outs of building construction. But there are ways to recognize them and put a stop to them.
One common scam is that of the hidden camera. This scam has you think you are being watched as you walk around the roof area. While this is probably a fun idea in theory, it can be very effective in practice. With the proper training, any scammer should be able to get close enough to you to catch your every move.
That’s not the worst thing about the hidden camera scam. Those cameras can be used for surveillance. They can be placed to record the actions of roofing contractors so they can make sure they aren’t doing things they shouldn’t be doing while you’re in the company of them. The possibilities are almost endless.
Another common scam is that of poor quality shingles. This one usually centers on the materials being used in building construction. They may use inferior materials or inferior in some way to make it appear as though they are using superior products.
That may be true. It depends on how the manufacturer is trying to sell it. If they use cheap materials in order to save on the manufacturing cost, you’ll find it. On the other hand, if they use inferior materials but they are better than the competition, you’ll also find it.
Roofing contractors can use expensive shingles too, but they may use inferior quality materials that will ultimately cause damage. This is not an accident. It’s designed that way.
When you hire a roofing contractor, make sure you are told the truth about everything. If you aren’t given a complete list of the materials that are used, then find someone else.
Roofing contractors can be part of the problem if they aren’t careful. They can tell you the facts about your roof and the quality of the materials they are using, but if they don’t, it’s up to you to question things to make sure the product you’re buying is up to par.
Roofing contractors should be honest with you, but what you should really be asking is what you want to know. Do you want to know the cost of the job? Are you willing to accept whatever they say in order to get it done?
Keep the lines of communication open with roofing contractors and don’t assume they’re in a good light when in all possible situations they are actually doing something shady. All building construction takes time and money. The more time and money you spend on the project, the less likely you are to run into problems.
Roofing contractors should be able to give you a price at which the job will be completed. If they aren’t sure about the price, be sure to get a quote or find out the cost of materials and estimate the final price so you have a fair idea of what you’re paying for.
If you’re being scammed by roofing contractors, the key is to stay away from them for the rest of your life. Don’t buy the product they give you, get a quote, and deal with the problem when it arises. You can win over the unscrupulous contractor and earn back the money you spent.