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3 Red Flags You Need to Avoid When Hiring a Roofer

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While there are many honest and reliable Atlanta roofers, there are also a number of unethical operators in the roofing industry who want to take advantage of unwary homeowners. This makes it vital to vet any contractor you’re considering hiring to perform roofing services before you sign a contract. Make sure a contractor is fully insured, Better Business Bureau accredited, has good references, and a lengthy history in the local Atlanta area. Additionally, watch for the following three red flags that warn you to avoid a roofer.

Exaggerated Damage Claims

Unscrupulous roofing contractors may exaggerate the extent of damage in an attempt to get you to schedule a replacement when your existing roof has years of useful lifespan remaining, if it’s repaired properly. A reliable roofer will give you an honest assessment of the condition of your roof and make recommendations on the restoration steps needed to keep your home dry and secure. When you contact us at Echols Roofing, we’ll inspect your roof and discuss the most cost-effective repair solutions with you to ensure you can make an informed decision.

High Pressure Sales Tactics

Dishonest roofers use various schemes and manipulative tactics to get hired. You may be told that they had a customer cancel in your neighborhood, so they’ll give you a great deal if they can start working on your roof immediately. They may try to get you to sign a contract without giving you a detailed bid on the work they’ll perform. Others may promise to start right away, take a deposit from you, and then not arrive on the agreed date. Here at Echols Roofing, we’ll give you a detailed estimate on needed repairs or a roof replacement, and allow you ample time to compare bids without pressuring you to sign a contract.

Unrealistic Low Bids

An unethical roofer may try to tempt you with an unrealistic, low estimate, hoping that you’ll take the bait and sign a contract quickly. This leaves little time to realize that it contains loopholes or that the scope of the work is limited. Once your old roof has been torn off, they find additional “damage” that’s not covered in the contract, and you’re forced to agree to a hefty price increase.

Stay away from any roofers that exhibit these tactics, and do your research! With over 50 years of experience in the roofing industry, Echols Roofing has seen it all. Because we take pride in giving you an accurate estimate and sticking to it, we know our business will be trusted and stay around for 50 years to come!

If you’re looking for honest and dependable Atlanta roofers, contact us at Echols Roofing.

Read: Choosing the Best Roofer for Your Home
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