Top 10 Ways Roofers Rip Off Building Owners

10 Ways Dishonest Roofers Will Mislead You!


Being an informed consumer can save you time and money on your roofing system! Dishonest roofers can cost you thousands of dollars due to voided warranties & careless repairs and installations. Here are some tips to avoid the hassle of choosing an unqualified roofing contractor;


  1. They go out of business every couple of years then open a new business under a different name giving you no recourse or warranty.
  2. They change their license qualifiers every year which erases the warranty offered. When you call the BBB or licensing department to check the company’s complaint history, it has a clean record.
  3. If they do not install the roof to code, when the insurance inspects the roof they drop coverage because it is not to code. Use a roofer that knows the law and the code and are certified installers!
  4. They do not use the roofing systems components. attempting to cut costs. If shingles are not installed by certified installers with all roofing system components, shingle manufacturers will void their warranty. Make sure the brand of shingle used matches the roofing system warranty.
  5. They will try to sell you a roofing system yearly maintenance plan that will revoke the warranty if you don’t pay them to inspect it every year.  It’s a good idea to have your roof inspected on a regular basis but not at a cost or at risk of losing your warranty.
  6. They underreport sales to their insurance company to reduce premiums then if the fraud is caught by the insurance company. The insurance company will deny claims leaving you to pay the bill.
  7. They underreport wages to their insurance company. This is the most widely abused cost savings in the roofing industry. They pay cash to laborers to be exempt from workers’ compensation. Wonder why some bids are lower than others?  If a worker is injured without proper coverage, you could get stuck paying the medical bills.
  8. They file Workman’s Compensation Exemptions for workers which are only permissible to the owners of the company, not the workers. Roofers have a very high injury rate. If an uncovered worker gets injured on your job it could result in a lawsuit against you. Make sure workers on your job have proper coverage!
  9. They leave things off of your estimate to win the job then come back after the roof is being installed and add on items, increasing the amount you owe. Or recommend replacing when repair or cleaning is all you need.  Make sure they get everything right in their estimate and by signing a contract they understand that is all you will pay.
  10. Your insurance could end up paying for a lawsuit if the roofer ignores OSHA safety regulations and gets injured.