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5 Tips to Help Avoid Roofing Scams

Roof repairs or replacements are expensive home improvement projects that can leave homeowners with huge headaches should they be ripped off or scammed. While many roofers are honest, hard-working, and knowledgeable, the high costs incurred in roofing projects make it ideal for scammers to try and take advantage. Whether your roofer is professionally dressed and speaks intelligently, or shows up in dirty work gear, the appearance of a roofer won’t tell you everything. Following our 5 tips to help avoid roofing scams will help ensure you are not being swindled by a scammer rather than serviced by a professional roofer.

Repair vs. Replace
Repairing a roof is certainly the less expensive option as opposed to a full roof replacement, however if your roof is old and in poor condition repairing it may not be enough. Additionally, because of the high cost, a roofer may unnecessarily recommend a full replacement when only minor repairs are needed. Be sure you are getting what you needed. A second opinion never hurts.

Repair Only Roofers
Roofers that only do repairs as opposed to full replacements have an extra incentive to encourage you to repair your roof as opposed to replacing it. Be leery of repair-only roofers and ALWAYS research the roofing company you choose to utilize.

Fly-By-Nighters
Fly-By-Nighters often show up after major storms or natural disasters such as hurricanes. An easy way to tell if your roofer is a fly-by-nighter is to request their license number.

Added Fees
A reputable roofer will not leave you in the dark regarding unforeseen damages or open-ended costs. If you find these items in your contract it is best to get further clarification on possible unforeseen damages; otherwise send the roofer back up there to further survey the roof.

Payment Plans
The upper echelon of roofers will not ask for any type of payment before work begins. Be leery of any roofer that asks for a deposit as it is a red flag you may be getting ripped off. Many reputable roofers offer payment plans that involve paying for the roof in installments upon the completion of various stages of the project.

Because of the immense costs of replacing or repairing a roof, scammers and con artists will always be lurking. By following the above tips, you can reduce the chance you are their next victim.

Who to Call

If you are searching for a trustworthy local roofing contractor to provide services for your residential or commercial roof, Crown Roofing is the place to call. You can count on us to provide the highest quality of roof repair, re-roof, roof maintenance or new construction roof for your home or business. There is no job that is too small and no task that is too big. Crown Roofing has offices in Central, South and Southwest Florida. Call us today for a free estimate.

Should You Install Solar Panels on Your Roof?

Whether you are looking to lower your monthly electric bill or simply be more environmentally conscience, installing solar panels on your roof may be a viable option. The amount of sunlight your home gets is an obvious consideration however there are several other items to consider when deciding on whether or not to install solar panels on your roof.

Things to Consider

Cost/Savings/Amount of Power Generated

  • If your electric bill is at least $150 monthly you can begin saving immediately
  • Savings will usually begin immediately if you lease or make payments on solar panel installation whereas if you purchase the panels up front it will take longer to begin realizing savings
  • The amount of power generated depends on many factors including trees, roof angle, size of roof, amount of sunlight, temperature, and latitude

Types of Panels

  • There are many manufacturers of solar panels and you should thoroughly compare each manufacturer’s panels
  • The size of your roof is important in determining which panels are appropriate as larger panels are made for larger roofs and smaller panels are better for roofs with less space.

Installation

  • Only trained professionals should install solar panels – thoroughly research the help you hire to make sure they are qualified and reputable
  • Many roofers will install solar panels only on composite shingle roofs; if your roof is made of a different material such as metal, Spanish tiles or wood shingles you may have to look harder for a qualified roofer
  • Be sure prior to installation you have the proper building permits; a reputable roofer should be able to assist you

Conclusion

In order to identify whether you would save money by installing solar panels you must get an estimate on the cost of the project. The cost of solar panels over the last 3-4 years has significantly declined and there are many tax credits to consider. Every home is different and costs for home solar panels can vary. Get a free estimate on your home’s roofing needs by scheduling an appointment with Crown Roofing. Whether you are interested in solar panels, tile, or shingles, the roofing experts at Crown Roofing will assess your home’s roof and discuss the best options for you.  Call us today for a free estimate.

Issues Consumers Have with Roofers

Issues Consumers Have with Roofers

Homeowners can put off many home repairs for an extended period of time, however a leaky roof is not one of them. Homeowners must be aware that a leaky roof can lead to major water damage resulting in significant financial loss. In the event that you need your roof repaired it is important to be aware of the most common issues consumers encounter when hiring and working with a roofer.

Unskilled Customer Service

Unfortunately, many roofers suffer from poor customer service provided by their team members. A good roofer will ensure each member of his staff is well-trained to be respectful, courteous, and friendly with customers. Roof repair or replacement is an expensive undertaking and customers deserve memorable, pleasant customer service.

Timeliness and Reliability

A good roofer always shows up and on time. If a roofer is going to be delayed for any reason they should contact the customer immediately and keep them in the loop as to when they will arrive. Tardiness or not showing up at all oftentimes indicate the roofer is disorganized or disrespectful.

Questionable Pricing and Pressure to Pay

If a roofer is engaged in high pressure sales or if a quote is confusing, unclear, or seems unreasonable the homeowner should be concerned. Open and honest roofers that do a good job do not engage in these tactics.

Poor Communication

Roofers who are open, honest, and forthcoming with information decrease consumers’ fears and anxiety while providing better customer service. A new roof is expensive, and you deserve high level communication when completing a roof repair/replacement project.

Negligence for Oversight and Inspection

A good roofing company will always inspect the project in full upon completion. Additionally, a good roofer will take the extra time to show the customer the project and explain everything that was done.
Roof repair or replacement is one of the most expensive home repair projects consumers will face. The five issues above are common issues consumers face when dealing with a roofing company.

Your Trustworthy Roofing Contractors

Crown Roofing is your trusted friend for all your roofing needs. You can count on us to provide the highest quality of roof repair, re-roof, roof maintenance or new construction roof for your home or business. There is no job that is too small and no task that is too big. Crown Roofing has offices in Central, South and Southwest Florida. Call us today for a free estimate.