It doesn’t matter what industry you’re talking about- there are plenty of bad actors out there. For example, the car sales industry can often get a bad rap, because people all have a mental image of the greasy, high-pressure used car salesman.
The same goes for the bail bonds industry, and unfortunately, the roofing industry hasn’t been immune.
Each year there are hundreds of horror stories about homeowners who have been scammed by unlicensed contractors and/or con artists.
In fact, the Colorado Roofing Association has written extensively about the dangers of not doing your homework before you hire a roofer. Unlicensed contractors often use high pressure sales tactics to try to get your business. They may even try to entice you with some sort of bonus offer. Either way, these are both bad signs.
If the roofer is asking for a substantial down payment, this is also a red flag. Although down payment amounts will vary from company to company, the up-front payment will typically be equal to materials costs. If the person you’re talking to wants a 50 percent, 75 percent or 100 percent down payment, there’s a good chance they’ll disappear after they get their hands on your money.
Risks of hiring an unlicensed contractor
Sometimes, people will hire an unlicensed contractor because they’re hoping to save a few bucks. This is a terrible idea. In many cases, the contractor will try to tell you that licensing and insurance don’t really matter, because your homeowner’s insurance policy will protect you. This is not the case, and in most instances, if you hire them, you’ll be opening yourself up to significant liability.
There have been hundreds of lawsuits that unlicensed contractors have brought against homeowners. Why? Because if the worker is injured while they’re on your property, you may be liable to pay for their medical bills, pain, suffering and other injury-related expenses.
If you think that’s not bad enough, there’s another potential problem you may not be aware of. If the contractor doesn’t pay the company that he got the materials from, the materials company may be able to place a lien against your property. This can happen even if you paid the contractor for the work. At the end of the day, you may need to pay twice. Hiring an unlicensed contractor is never—ever worth the risk.
Licensed, legitimate roofer in Denver, CO
We understand that hiring a roofer can be stressful, but when you hire Pioneer Home Solutions you can rest assured, you’re working with the best. We have years of experience in working with all types of roofing systems and we understand the unique issues that Denver homeowners face when it comes to roof damage and roof repair.
If you need help with roofing services, call our office today to speak with a licensed professional you can trust. Call today to learn why we’re the #1 choice for roofing services in the Denver metro area. If you prefer to contact us by email, you can drop us a line at email@example.com