We’ve talked about roofing scams that happen to homeowners, especially in the aftermath of a hurricane, but more and more those scammers are targeting businesses. If a commercial roofing company approaches your business with a sales pitch about how other area roofs have damage after a storm and they “just want to help,” beware. Here are some things to watch out for when you talk to a commercial roofing company about repair, replacement or maintenance.
Although some commercial roofing companies will provide free maintenance proposals or roof replacement estimates, anything beyond that is often a scam. Less than ethical companies pitch ways to help you avoid your deductible in the event of storm damage. This is actually against the law in Florida classified as fraud and is a third-degree felony. A commercial roofing inspection takes time to thoroughly complete and often a roofing company will charge for this written and detailed report.
If It Sounds to Good to Be True…
…it probably is. We all know that saying, but we often fail to heed its warning. If you’re doing your due diligence and accept quotes from several roofing companies and one is significantly lower than the rest, chances are good that either they don’t know what they’re doing, are going to use inferior products or worse, ask for a deposit and never show up again.
High Pressure Sales Tactics
Although there are cases where a roof can be unsafe for the inhabitants, most of the time that’s quite evident and happens in the aftermath of a fire or major storm. If you’re just looking for a roof repair because you’ve noticed a leak or you know it’s time for a roof replacement and the roofer uses scare tactics to pressure you into signing or even says the price is only good today because they happen to “have exactly what you need on hand and want to get rid of it rather than holding it in their warehouse,” don’t sign with them. No respectable commercial roofing company will ever give you less than 30 days to review their quote or proposal.
Verbal Only Estimates
It’s not uncommon for a roofer to say, “It’s going to cost (insert amount here) dollars to execute the repair.” However, if they don’t follow up with a written estimate or proposal with a detailed scope of work that includes brand, color and style of products to be used, don’t accept their estimate. Time and time again, companies who operate this way end up charging much more in the end because they “found more damage” or “used more products than expected.” Also, ask for the company’s guarantee in writing before accepting their proposal.
Suncoast Roofing Solutions has an excellent reputation throughout the greater Tampa Bay area. We’ve been providing roof repair, replacement and maintenance as a commercial roofing company for years. We have an excellent reputation of doing what we say we’re going to do for the price quoted. If you’re looking for an honest, ethical and experienced roofer, call us at (813) 283-2544 or fill out our contact form.