Roofing Scams

Beware of Storm Chasing Roofers


Signature Roofing, Inc. Advises San Mateo and Santa Clara Homeowners to Beware of Storm Chasing Roofers

The Bay Area rainy season brings uninsured, uncertified and inexperienced roofers to neighborhoods, seeking roofing work from unsuspecting homeowners whose roofs suffered wind or rain damage or experienced leakage.

BELMONT, CA. January 22, 2014 — Signature Roofing, Inc., a residential roofing company serving San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, warns local homeowners to carefully check a roofer’s background and reputation before agreeing to roof repair or replacement. The warning comes with the rainy season, which attracts roofers who collect insurance checks and perform poor roofing jobs, leaving homeowners without recourse should the work be subpar.

Storm chasers are roofing companies that trail severe weather around the country, installing new roofs or repairing roof damage caused by severe weather such as excessive wind, rain or both. These non-local roofers take homeowners’… Continue reading

Bay Area Roofing Company

Six Sure-Fire Ways to Tell if the Bay Area Roofing Company you Want to Hire is Legit or a Storm Chaser

bay area roofing companyStorm chasers are roofing companies that follow weather, installing new roofs or repairing roof damage caused by hail, wind, tornadoes, etc. These non-local roofers take insurance claim checks as payment for roofing services and finish as many roofing jobs as they can (carelessly and cheaply as possible) before moving on to the next neighborhood or state. Beware if you are in the market to hire a bay area roofing company.

While those of us living in the Bay Area don’t experience severe weather such as tornadoes and hurricanes as those who live in other areas do, we do have the occasional, roof-damaging heavy wind, rain or both. But a lot of homeowners aren’t prepared to deal with the onslaught of storm chasers that arrive afterward. These companies… Continue reading

5 Most Common Roofing Scams

Don’t Hire a Roofer Until You Know the 5 Most Common Roofing Scams

In a perfect world, you could trust any roofer and eat all the ice cream you wanted without a gaining a ounce. However, we live in the real world and just like in any field, there are roofers you can trust and those you can’t.

Knowing the 5 most common roofing scams can prevent you from becoming a victim.

pushy-salesman-9969147_s1. A salesman representing a roofer going door to door.

Salesman is the key word here. These aren’t roofers. They specialize in selling. Maybe they’ll promise a free roof inspection. They’ll probably find something wrong, perhaps cause some damage themselves. Then they’ll offer you a free estimate, or sometimes even a free roof.

Trustworthy roofers are busy. They don’t have time to solicit business door to door because they’re too busy doing work that was referred by satisfied… Continue reading

Roofing Contractor Scams

California Laws Protect Homeowners and Target Roofing Contractor Scams

The California Building Code applies to every roofing contractor and roofing work performed in the state, including Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The Code is comprised of the regulations that promote safe roofing practices. Beyond spelling out best practices, roofing contractors must follow the Codes. Specifically, the Code mandates that:

  • A roof contractor hold a valid license
  • A roofing contractor must get a permit in cities that require one
  • The contractor must show proof of liability and Worker’s Compensation insurance

California Laws Protect HomeownersThe Code applies to anyone performing roofing work valued at over $300.00, including materials and labor. The Code exists to protect homeowners from unscrupulous roofing contractors who either don’t perform the work at all or do a shoddy job. However, it’s the homeowner’s job to do everything possible to ensure their roofing contractor is up to par.

Not doing so… Continue reading