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Toledo Roofers: Article About Warning Signs Among Roofing Contractors

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The average homeowner can't be expected to know the ins and outs of the roofing industry. However, with just a little bit of research, it's completely possible for any homeowner to become an informed customer. One of the most important steps is to learn to recognize the most common "red flags." It's certainly possible to find reliable and experienced Toledo roofers. Nonetheless, there are also any number of unscrupulous roofing contractors. Learn the signs to look for to avoid overcharging, unfair treatment or poor workmanship.

When hiring a roofing contractor, the first warning sign to watch out for is how the contractor seeks out business. Often following storms and major weather events, unlicensed roofers go from door to door in neighborhoods affected by the storm. In many cases, these contracting companies are relying on the urgent situation of individuals living in compromised houses. Since they prey on these homeowners' desperation, these roofing companies often lack basic credentials. In many cases, they aren't licensed, bonded or insured.

Another sign of an unreliable roofer is a lack of experience serving the area. When roofing companies wish to evade the consequences of subpar work, they may declare bankruptcy and then set up a new business, thereby escaping the poor reputation of the former business. In the best case scenario, a roofing company simply lacks expertise.

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In either case, it's generally better to opt for a roofer with a long track record of serving the local community.

It's a fairly standard practice for roofing contractors to provide free written estimates without any obligation to engage their services. Any roofer who fails to provide this basic service should be cause for concern. In addition, it's worth checking on just how complete the written estimate is. In general, more reliable contractors will offer more details on their estimates. Less reliable roofers may attempt to avoid spelling out key details in writing so that they can tack on extra charges or back away from verbal promises later on.

While it may seem like common sense, all too often homeowners fail to take basic professionalism into consideration when they choose a roofing company. When first meeting with a roofer, it's important that the homeowners feel they can ask as many questions as they please. For a project as large as roof replacement, it's reasonable that a homeowner would want to spend some time clarifying the terms of the job. If a roofing contractor doesn't answer questions directly or refuses to provide a written copy of their answers, it is worth moving on to the next candidate.

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