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5 Red Flags to Look for When Selecting a Roofing Contractor


March 3, 2017

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When determining which new roof to purchase, an overwhelming 88% of survey participants reported that durability was the number one factor in their decision-making process. But aside from actually choosing roofing materials, it's imperative that you choose the right roofing company to install them. 

It doesn't matter if you're a first-time or a veteran homeowner, sometimes we miss little red flags because we're so focused on the end product. But if you want to make sure you're enlisting the best services for your home, here are five red flags to watch out for when selecting roofing contractors. 

Storm Chasers 
IF a roofing company comes to your door in the wake of a large storm and offers to perform a free inspection, it should be a major red flag. These roofing contractors may be legitimate, but more often than not they're just running a scam that will result in money lost from your wallet. 

Cash Payments 
Roofing contractors should never ask for cash up front. While there may be a down payment required for your roof, you shouldn't be required to pay any substantial sum until the work has been completed. 

Lacking a License 
No matter where your potential roofing companies are based, they should always be licensed and have insurance. In addition, they should make these things available as public information. Otherwise, you could be liable for a whole lot of damages. 

Negotiating Claims 
There should never be a time when your roofing company attempts to negotiate your insurance claim. In fact, it's illegal for a roofing contractor to do so, so make sure you're paying close attention for this one. 

Poor Communication Skills 
Above all else, your roofing contractor should be able to communicate with you about every aspect of your new roof. They should be knowledgeable and willing to impart some of that knowledge as well. If you barely speak to your roofing contractor prior to the roof work beginning, it could be a big red flag. 

If you want to ensure the best roof services possible, it's important to be on the lookout for these red flags.