It is common knowledge that extreme weather can wreak havoc on a roof. Even minor damage to shingles or paneling can be subjected to the wear and tear of Michigan’s unpredicatable weather leading to major problems down the road. Thus, it is rather necessary for homeowners to get these issues fixed before they end up having to replace their entire roof.
Unfortunately, homeowners are not the only ones concious of this fact; scam artists are just as concerned. These people prey on the pressing needs of residents, offering services for roofing in Detroit and in other areas across the country – they, of course, take the payment but never complete the job. Others would intentionally cut corners, leaving customers with little choice but to call the contractor again after the same problems return with the next round of storms.
Following the recent series of bad weather that slammed different parts of the country, these scam artists have become even more shrewd in their dealings. More than ever, homeowners are urged to exercise caution:
People need to hire someone that was in the roofing business prior to the storm, has been in business for at least three years, is registered with the Better Business Bureau and has no open complaints.
“Homeowners need to do some research by Googling the company and checking their rating on the BBB,” he said. “They should be wary of contractors offering free roofs or to cover their deductible, because that’s insurance fraud. You get what you pay for when you go with the lowest bidder.”
“We don’t ask for payment until the job is done and the customer is satisfied,” he said, adding that homeowners need to be wary of companies requesting money up front and to read documents carefully before signing.
Vigilance is a first step to avoid being taken for a ride by those looking to take advantage of any homeowner’s troubled situation. Dealing only with a Detroit roofing company that you can fully trust, such as Tittle Brothers Construction, will ultimately save your day. Visit their website at www.tittlebrothers.com and use their convenient online “Request an Estimate” form.
“Got storm damage? Watch out for scams” Harker Heights Herald, Apr. 11, 2014