Way too many times we’ve been brought in to help fix the mess left behind by a previous roofer, whether it’s fixing poorly done repairs or an improperly installed roof. Unfortunately, not all roofers are equal or are of high quality–and there are even roofers out there who are not ethical at all! You don’t want to fall victim to these types of people.
Here at Align Roofing, we have seen customers who are completely taken advantage of by using an unethical roofer who comes in and bids a low cost and then does amateur work ( or doesn’t do what they were hired to do at all). The very last thing you want is for bad work to be done on your roof, not only will you have to pay for a professional and respectable roofer to come to fix what the other one left, but often times bad roofing work is unsafe too.
Like any contractor, a bad roofer will cause more harm than good in the long run, and cost you more. In many events, you may not even realize they’ve done a really bad job installing your roof or repairing it. Then all of a sudden new issues reveal themselves, such as leads in your roof during hurricane and rain season here in Jacksonville, Florida. Hidden damage may be revealed during a routine inspection, such as damaged flashing, fascia damage, or yes, even rotting decking. You could even find yourself legally liable for any roof work performed by a roofer without a permit. ANY roofer worth their salt will make sure everything’s in order and the permits needed are established before starting the work. If any injuries or damage occurs as a result of a roofer’s own negligence and they don’t have the right insurance, YOU could be financially responsible for that also.
A bad roofer can do more harm than good in the long run. In many cases, you may not even realize they’ve done a bad job repairing or installing your roof. Then suddenly new issues reveal themselves, such as leaks in your roof. Hidden damage may be revealed during a routine inspection, such as damaged flashing, damaged fascia, or rotting decking. You could even find yourself legally liable for any roof work done without a permit. Any roofer worth their salt will ensure everything’s in order permit-wise before starting work. If any injuries and/or damage occurred as a result of a roofer’s negligence and they don’t have insurance, you could be responsible for that also.
Okay, now that we have scared you, you want to know how to avoid being a victim of an unethical or very poor quality roofer. It can be a challenge and it’s why we want to provide you with a few helpful tips on how to avoid hiring a bad roofer.
Line items should be specified. For example, removing the old roof, disposing of the old roof, repairing hidden damage, gutter-related repairs, and more. A reputable roofer will be upfront about what the costs are and will use quality materials.
- Don’t work with a roofer who tells you a permit isn’t needed for the work they’re doing or who requires you to get the permit.
- Don’t trust a roofer who wants you to pay the majority of the bill upfront.
- Contact past customers to find out about their roofing experience.
Here at Align Roofing Jacksonville, Florida, we are a roofing company who has built a reputation as a trustworthy and dependable roofer throughout the North Florida area. If you need roofing work done in Jacksonville or the surrounding area, reach out to us for a consult.
You may be interested in reading our blog post about Job Site Safety, and why here at Align Roofing we put safety first!