Roof Repair Rip-Offs: Beware of These Common Scams

Licensed roof repair contractors in Utah provide high-quality, ethical services for their customers. Unfortunately, homeowners frequently fall victim to scam artists intent on stealing their hard-earned money.Roof Repair Rip-Offs

Roofing repair scams are on the rise in Utah. One of the easiest ways to detect a scam is if someone comes to your door or cold-calls you. Few (if any) ethical roofing contractors go door-to-door or makes calls to solicit business – so stay safe by politely declining to purchase roof repair services from anyone who approaches you.

Being aware of common rip-offs and scams will help you stay safe and ensure you get the quality roofing repair and replacement services that only a licensed contractor like Knockout Roofing can provide.

Storm Damage Roof Repair Scams

So-called “gypsy roofers” prey on homeowners in the aftermath of severe wind and hail storms. They go door-to-door telling homeowners that they’re already in the neighborhood doing work for other residents.

They’ll offer their services to repair your roof and usually provide a low-ball price to entice you. Because their estimate is so low, however, they’ll request a large cash deposit to purchase materials.

Once they have your cash in-hand, they’ll disappear, never to be seen again – along with your money.

Roofing Repair “Insurance” Scams

These con artists go door-to-door in your neighborhood offering to sell you roofing repair insurance. They’ll start by telling you that your wise neighbor just signed up and suggested they come see you.

They’ll start by telling you how much Mrs. So-and-So two blocks over paid to have her roof repaired last summer, after a particularly harsh wind storm. The cost will be high enough to alarm you, and make you wonder how you could possibly afford it should the same fate befall you.

Once you’re good and worried, they’ll offer their insurance program. Simply pay them a one-time premium (usually a few hundred dollars) and, should you need extensive roof repairs in the future, you won’t have to pay a penny.

Guess what happens once you need roof repairs? The company is nowhere to be found and you’re out your money.

The “Elevator Ride” Roof Repair Scam

The elevator ride roof repair scam is easy to fall victim to because it’s often perpetrated by a local, seemingly legitimate roofing company – possibly even a licensed contractor.

In this common scam, the contractor will provide a low estimate – so low that it almost appears too good to be true – but only if you sign on the dotted line today. Once you agree and sign the contract, the contractor will get to work and everything will appear to be on track – until they find a previously unforeseen problem that increases your cost.

Usually, the first change order will be small, perhaps a couple hundred dollars. But then more problems mysteriously appear and your cost keeps increasing until it exceeds your other bids. The problem with this scam is that it can be difficult or impossible to prove that they contractor did anything wrong.

To protect yourself against roofing repair rip-offs and scams, check out any potential contractor before agreeing to have work done. Knockout Roofing is licensed, bonded and insured. We’ve been in business since 2002 and we have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We have countless customer testimonials and we’re proud of the reputation we have built in the community. Our pricing is fair and transparent and we provide free roofing evaluations and estimates for residential and commercial clients.

In Salt Lake City and the surrounding communities of northern Utah, contact Knockout Roofing today for all your roof repair and replacement needs.