How To Avoid Roofing Contractor Scams

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Every year, thousands of homeowners who were just looking to take care of their home’s roof fall victim to roofing company scams. It happens more often than you may realize!

All of us at Landmark Exteriors want to remind you of the importance of contacting a reputable roofing company when it comes to inspections, repairs, and replacements for your roof to ensure you are getting the highest quality craftsmanship and are not being scammed.

Take a look at these tips to help you avoid the most common roofing company scams:

Avoid Door-To-Door Salesman

Most scam roofing companies will find homeowners to manipulate by going door to door, especially after a storm. They will likely offer a free inspection and will work to convince you to let them on your roof to point out something needing to be fixed, but never let anyone on your roof! Scammers can create damage themselves while you’re not looking and you’ll be stuck with an even bigger mess. Though there are honest door-to-door roofers out there, be very cautious, trust your instincts, and call your reputable local roofing company for help instead.

Never Sign Something You Haven’t Read

You can spot a scammer easily because they’ll be quick to wave complicated papers and documents in your face, coupled with a sense of urgency, so you sign quickly without reading thoroughly. Never do this, and instead, read every word, including the fine print before you sign your name on any paperwork. 

Never Pay In Full Upfront

You should never have to pay a roofing contractor more than what is a reasonable deposit, meaning no more than 10%-20% of the total cost for the job. Scammers may explain that they need the full amount right away to help them buy all the required materials and hire people, but this is not true. 

If The Quote is Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is

Scammers will be sure to entice you by giving you a quote you couldn’t refuse, but don’t get too excited because it’s likely too good to be true. Especially if they start bargaining the price, you can be sure this is a scam, and you should look elsewhere.  

Stand Strong Against Sob Stories

Fraudulent roofers like to use your emotions against you as a tactic to take your money. They might tell you a sob story or beg for your services to make you feel guilty, but this is almost always a lie. You may feel sad, but you need to stand firm and look to a reputable roofing company instead.


If you’re looking to have your roof fixed or redone or your gutters replaced or cleaned, we’ve got you covered! The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s roofing and gutter systems both look great and are functioning properly for years to come! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 to learn more.

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