Hiring a roofer can be stressful, especially if this is something you haven’t needed to do in quite some time. If you do Google search, you’re bound to find dozens upon dozens of listings of companies that each claim to be the best at what they do. And while there are numerous reputable roofing companies throughout the area, there are also quite a few contractors that you should absolutely steer clear of. Below are just a few of the signs that the person you’re talking to isn’t legitimate.
They’re trying to use high-pressure sales tactics
One of the biggest red flags that the person you’re talking to isn’t legitimate, regardless as to whether it’s a roofer or someone who has called to claim you owe the IRS back taxes, is the use of “high pressure sales tactics.” If the roofer you’re talking to is trying to do a “hard sell,” and they’re trying to get you to commit to having thousands of dollars of work done on your home, and they’re doing everything they can to get you to commit, be very, very skeptical.
Reputable roofing contractors never try to get you to commit immediately, right then and there, on the spot. Instead, they’ll provide you with a detailed, written quote that includes a full breakdown of costs and materials. The quote should also include their license number, website, and contact information.
They’re asking for an over-the-top deposit
It’s not at all unusual for a roofing company to ask you for a deposit. In most cases, the deposit they ask for will be equal to the materials costs. However, if the contractor you’re talking with wants a 20%, 30%, or 50% deposit, this is another big red flag. (This could also be a sign that they’re less interested in helping repair your roof, and instead, they’re more interested in getting their hands on your money.) In many instances, “companies” that want such a sizable deposit aren’t licensed or reputable—and if you do decide to give them such a sizable sum up front, there’s a good chance you’ll never hear from them again.
We get that hiring a roofing contractor can be mentally taxing, but when you work with a local, experienced company that has a proven track record, it doesn’t have to be. For more information about how to choose the best roofing contractor in SWFL, call our office today to speak with an expert.