Is Your Orlando Area Roof Ready For Hurricane Season?

March 01, 2021

As we enter hurricane season, it seems like it brings out unscrupulous contractors. Especially in the roofing industry, attempting to take advantage of the situation. 

Your roof is a big investment and a vital component to every home and business. Unfortunately, some salespeople today prey on  homeowners who are in need of roof repairs. Over the years, these tactics have become increasingly bold and cunning.

“Severe weather brings more than dark clouds, heavy rains and overly exuberant TV meteorologists. In the wake of nasty thunderstorms and hurricanes come crooks hoping to swindle unsuspecting homeowners. These types of scammers pose as legitimate contractors and have bucket loads of false promises that they’ll repair your storm-damaged roof.” Forbes Advisor

Consumers Should Be Cautious Of Individuals Who:

Demand a Full Payment Up-Front 

If a company approaches you and ask for the down payment before they begin work, it's usually a scam. Often time unscrupulous contractors will say they need the down payment to pay for labor or material, but once they have the check they don't return. It's also not a good idea to give them your insurance check before the work has started.

Request Cash Only 

Asking for cash is typically a huge red flag something is not right. Either they take the money, never to be seen again, not paying insurance or taxes. Either way, it’s not on the up and up.

Solicit Door To Door 

Beware of someone showing up unannounced at your door, making promises of free repairs or even a new roof, it's a scam. These types of people usually show up after a storm and target neighborhoods with older home or senior citizens.

Lack a Written Contract or Advertise Without a License Number

The Better Business Bureau warns to always get a written contract and, "Make sure the company has a current and active state license with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation by calling (850) 487-1395. Check with your county contractors’ licensing board to make sure the company is also registered with them."

Use High Pressure Sales Tactics 

Guard yourself against those who want you to make a decision on the spot. They have perfected their tactics, preventing homeowners to take the extra time to do some research over or talk it over with their spouse.

Not All Roofing Contractors Are The Same!

Whether your roof has damage, leaking or showing signs of age, the professionals at Schick Roofing can help you make the best cost effective solution for your roof. We are proud to offer accurate and honest roof assessments at an affordable price.

Schick Roofing is proud to be one of the few roofing companies here in Central Florida who have earned the GAF Master Elite Certification. It is such a distinguished achievement that only 2% of all roofing contractors have qualified.

Contact Schick Roofing for an estimate