There are a lot of good local roofing companies and a few not-so-reputable ones. Before hiring a roofing contractor, check out these red flags to avoid headaches later and ensure the best roof or home improvement project for your home.
1. No Proof of Insurance – Ask for a copy of the contractor’s general liability insurance and then call the insurance agent to verify coverage. Some companies obtain insurance just to get a registration number and quit paying the bill, leaving them (and you) open to liability.
2. Revoked or No License — Although the CIB number (Construction Industries Board) may be posted on a website or vehicle, it’s best to verify that your roofing contractor is still in good standing with their State. Click here to verify an Oklahoma registration; Click here to verify a Kansas registration. (Search “Whirlwind Roofing” or “Laizure”)
3. Storm Chasers — Please hire a local contractor. Whirlwind Roofing is a local family-owned business that specialized in storm restoration. We’ll be here for you today, tomorrow, and for years to come.
4. No References — Always ask for references and examples of work. This one is tricky because most companies will only provide their happiest customers, but it’s still a good way to weed out the “out-of-town” scammers. Google reviews are handy, too.
5. Money in Full — Be wary of roofers asking for all the money up front. You may never see them again! It is customary for a company to ask for half down prior to the job and the rest after completion.
6. Cost-only Estimates — Beware of estimates that are vague and only have a price and no details of material or the roofing system to be used.
7. No Contract — Always get the details in writing. Contracts protect you and eliminates any oral promises and fluffy language that can be misconstrued.
8. Insurance Deductibles — The biggest red flag we see are roofers offering to “eat your deductible.” Although tempting, it is illegal and any contractor offering to do so is committing insurance fraud and endangering the homeowner.