As a commercial business owner, you know you need to protect your commercial property just like you would your residence, and that means handling commercial roof repairs as soon as you can after a storm. With the heavy snow we often get here in Colorado, roofs can even cave in sometimes after a large storm. But what happens if, before you’ve even had a chance to assess the damage, someone is knocking at your door, ready to provide an inspection?
Unfortunately, there are a lot of scammers out there who take advantage of property owners after a severe weather event. This is no different when it comes to commercial roofs. As a business owner, it can be easy to say yes to someone when you know you need to do something quickly, but you may find that doing the necessary research to find a trusted commercial roofer is really worth it.
Here are a few important ways to avoid scams after a storm:
- Take your own pictures, even if the person offers to do an inspection. If they later provide photos that don’t look the same as yours, you’ll know they aren’t being truthful about the condition of your commercial roof.
- Don’t hand them a check (or cash). While it may be tempting to pay up front for a commercial roofer who can do the job quickly, the possibility that they take the money and run is a good one. Even if they say it’s for supplies, you should be suspicious. A legitimate roofer would probably already have supplies on hand and could charge you for what they use at the end of the project.
- Ask for references and a business card. Any reliable commercial roofer in the area will have references they can give you prior to providing a quote on commercial roofs. If they are “new” roofers or they don’t have a business card with a legitimate phone number, you should move on and don’t look back.
At Apex Commercial Roofing, we know that taking care of roof damage after a storm is important. Fortunately, you’ll find our workmanship on many commercial roofs in the area. Before you go with the first person who comes to the door, make sure to give us a call.