Modern roofs are more durable than ever, but they eventually need to be replaced. Although most companies offering roof replacements are reputable, people still find themselves being ripped off on a regular basis. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid roof replacement scams. Here are three tips.
1. Hire Locally
Some roofing companies cover an especially large geographical area. In a city as large as Lexington, KY, however, there’s no reason to work with a company headquartered in another region. Working locally lets you ask around about the company, and it lets you stop by the office if you have any questions or concerns. If you have any sort of dispute, it’s far easier when you’re dealing with a company who operates locally.
2. Don’t Sign an Exclusive Agreement
Some roofing companies might encourage you to sign an exclusive agreement for their services. Doing so, however, can leave you in a bad situation if disputes arise along the way. You always want to maintain your right to work with another company should you encounter problems along the way. Signing an agreement can make it difficult and expensive to do so. Furthermore, companies who have an exclusive agreement on your roof have little incentive to do an exceptional job. Delays are far more likely if you can’t threaten to hire another company. If you find you have no choice but to work with another roofing company, exclusive agreements can leave you spending money and time dealing with legal issues.
3. Don’t Pay Until the Work is Truly Done
Always remember you’re the one who decides when the work is finally done. Although some companies might press to receive payment early on in the process, understand having control of the payment means you have leverage. Paying before the work is done can leave you vulnerable to shoddy work or other problems. Note that work on your roof isn’t truly done in Lexington, KY, until it is inspected and passes. Paying before the inspection is complete may leave you on the hook for the cost of patching up issues caused by the company you hire.
The best way to ensure your roof replacement is done the right way the first time is to work with a reputable company with ample experience in the Bluegrass Region. If you have any questions about your roof or are in need of a replacement, contact us at AIC Roofing & Construction to find out more.
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