The roofing industry is comprised of honest companies and hardworking individuals committed to providing you the best home improvement experience. Sadly, some contractors give everyone a bad name. If you can’t distinguish the reputable roofers from the dishonest ones, you might fall prey to several scams. CMS Roofing shares some of the potential consequences of hiring the wrong contractor:
Excessive Down Payment
In residential roofing projects, putting some money down is only used to prove that you’re a serious customer. Some contractors may ask you to pay about 50% of the total job upfront cost to buy materials and rent equipment. The problem is, giving such a large sum before the project even begins puts you at a disadvantage. The roofer may disappear on you or deliver subpar work. Either way, your hard-earned money is no longer in your hands.
Generally, you should never pay more than $1,000 as down payment. If a contractor asks to make a larger advance payment, you should take your business elsewhere.
Lack of Proper Building Permit
Reputable roofers know the value of pulling a permit and play by the rules to bring your home up to code. If your prospective contractor is reluctant to secure one or asks you to apply for a homeowner’s permit, you should question their integrity. If you go on, the completed work may not meet the latest safety requirements or you may become answerable to building inspectors.
Loss of Warranty
It’s not uncommon for contractors to go out of business after just a few years. After all, the roofing industry has a high turnover rate. If you hire a company that is hardly five years old, you run the risk of losing your workmanship warranty coverage prematurely should it.
Adequate insurance is a mark of reliable roofing contractors. If you choose someone uninsured, an injured worker can sue you for compensation in the event of an accident at your home. To avoid finding yourself high and dry, look for some verifiable proof of insurance before you considering hiring a contractor.
At CMS Roofing, we’ve served our neighbors in the Carolinas since 2002. Over the years, we’ve managed to earn an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and several certifications from trusted manufacturers, which continues to define our integrity. Fully licensed and sufficiently insured, our company has the best credentials to deliver impeccable service. Call us at (877) 425-4121 today to schedule your FREE consultation in Charleston or Columbia, SC.