It’s a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Your roof is badly damaged in a storm, you pay thousands of dollars to have it fixed, and either it never happens or the work makes the problem worse. You are left in quite a bind, often with limited legal options.
These kinds of situations are important to avoid at all costs. If you think you might be the target of a roofing scam, here are a few warning signs to look for.
It seems too good to be true.
To quote the old cliché: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Extremely low prices and outlandish claims are always red flags. The Better Business Bureau of Northwest North Carolina recently issued a warning to avoid roofers who claim your insurance company has pre-approved them. No roofer is able to tell you whether or not your roof will be covered under your insurance policy, nor will they be able to access your policy information to become pre-approved without your prior knowledge. These and similar claims should always be viewed with suspicion.
They pressure you to make a decision right away.
What sounds good in the moment often starts to look questionable when you have time to think it over. High-pressure sales tactics indicate a lack of confidence on being able to sell you once you do some research. Any legitimate roofing company will be glad to show proof that they are insured and bonded, and will be able to point you to references. Never allow a roofer to force a decision.
They want full payment up front.
What incentive do they have to come back and finish the job? Never pay more than a reasonable deposit, and only after you have a contract with the roofing company specifying the work to be done.
No one deserves to fall victim to a roofing scam. Hopefully, with an idea of what to watch for, you can avoid these kind of tricks yourself. For any further questions, you can also call your local Sherriff-Goslin branch manager.
Ohio law currently does not require a license to practice roofing. While this makes it easy for under-qualified roofing companies to offer low-priced, often shoddy service to homeowners, it makes it hard for unscrupulous contractors to be tracked down and charged and hard to tell the difference between legitimate and illegitimate roofers.
Senate Bill 351 Introduces New Ohio Licensing Law
However, Senator Tom Patton of Strongsville, Ohio recently introduced Senate Bill 351 to better hold roofing contractors accountable for the work that they do. The bill requires roofing companies that seek to work on commercial buildings to apply for and obtain a state roofing license. This bill currently would not cover roofers seeking to work on residential buildings, but Sen. Patton wants to see the law eventually expanded to cover all roofing.
Protecting Ohio Citizens From Fly-By-Night Contractors
Sen. Patton is especially concerned about “storm chasers”. These are contractors that show up in towns recently hit by storm damage. They then leave town before their work can be examined, leaving the consumer no recourse should the job turn out to be poorly done.
“By actually requiring them to get a license, at least we have an opportunity to contact them. We need to police this up a little bit. At the very minimum, we want to make sure they know there is someone watching over what they’re doing,” Patton said. “The people in Ohio are going to bring you back to fix it or refund their money.”
The Associated Builders and Contractors, Ohio’s Affiliated Construction Trades and the Ohio Roofing Contractors Association currently support the bill. And, here at Sherriff-Goslin, we always approve any measure that further protects the homeowner, and makes it easy to ascertain a qualified roofing company.
One last reminder: always make sure to ask for any contractor’s license, insurance information, and past references to make sure you are protected.
Here at Sherriff-Goslin, we have always been proud of being a Midwestern business, and have been so pleased to put down roots in Indiana. Our Sherriff-Goslin roofers love both living and working in the State of Indiana, and we aren’t afraid to say it! That’s why we put together this list of 7 of our favorite reasons why it’s great to live in Indiana.
7. You get to call yourself a Hoosier. People from others states are Alaskans or Californians or New Yorkers. How boring! We get the much cooler designation of Hoosier! Plus, there’s a pretty cool movie with that name too!
6. David Letterman used to give us the weather. You’re welcome America! We gave you one of the funniest men to ever grace television! The rest of us are pretty interesting to talk to as well.
5. We are renowned for our hospitality. Midwestern friendliness isn’t a myth. It’s reality! Stop by any Sherriff-Goslin branch and see for yourself.
4. We get more hours in the day. Since we are on the far west of the Eastern Time Zone, the sun sets sometimes after 9pm. Want to do more with your daylight hours? Indiana is the place to be.
3. We truly appreciate the intricacies of one of the greatest sports in history; racing. Home to the Indianapolis 500, we have the racetrack to prove it.
2. We’ve got Lake Michigan and nice weather with which to enjoy it by! And we have all of our other state parks for anyone who loves the great outdoors as much as we do.
1. It’s home sweet home! With a low cost of living, great housing market, and family-friendly neighborhoods, we can’t think of a single reason why not to live and work in the state of Indiana. And we’re pretty sure you agree with us!
Every homeowner wants to see the value of their home increase. It points to a stronger overall economy, and promises an increased ROI for any home improvement projects they may have been considering. Fortunately for some of our roofing clients in the Midwest, we are seeing some of the largest increases in home prices in the country.
Median Home Prices in Ohio And Michigan Rise
Ohio and Michigan are among the top five states in the USA for increased median home prices as compared to one year ago. Ohio has seen a 19% increase, and Michigan has seen a 18% increase. Within these two states, some individual markets are seeing even greater home price appreciation acceleration. From the RealtyTrac® May 2014 Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report:
- Cleveland: median home prices up 18 percent from year ago compared to 1 percent annual home price appreciation in May 2013. Second consecutive month with double-digit increase in home prices.
- Dayton, Ohio: median home prices up 18 percent from year ago compared to 1 percent annual home price decrease in May 2013. Fourth consecutive month with double-digit increase in home prices.
- Akron, Ohio: median home prices up 16 percent from year ago compared to 4 percent annual home price appreciation in May 2013. Third consecutive month with double-digit increase in home prices.
- Columbus, Ohio: median home prices up 13 percent from year ago compared to 3 percent annual home price decrease in May 2013. Fourth consecutive month with double-digit increase in home prices.
According to Michael Mahon, executive vice president/broker at HER Realtors, covering the Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio markets, “Housing demand across Ohio is currently outpacing supply in many metro areas. As demand remains healthy, we are seeing home prices rise in many areas year over year, creating a return of equity and enabling homeowners to now consider placing their homes on the market to take advantage of low interest rates. While demand is high, concern still remains regarding the lack of available inventory particularly within the first time homebuyer segment of the market. Home sellers should consider now an optimal time to review their financial and housing goals with a real estate agent, and consider taking advantage of the higher prices they could potentially receive on selling their home in today’s market.”
This is also a prime market condition for home improvement projects. While the price of renovations remains relatively stable, the increased value of the home will rise. This means you get more out of what you put in.
If you are interested in increasing the value of your home with a new roof, contact your local Sherriff-Goslin branch manager for more information.
Sherriff-Goslin Roofing Contractors has always been interested in providing the most innovative and interesting roofing products to our customers. Our efforts to create unique roofing materials resulted in a one-of-a-kind line of roofing shingles that we named Art-Loc®. Art-Loc® roofing shingles are diamond shaped and are designed to interlock with each other to create a unique visual quality on your roof. Diamond shaped shingles are unique, standing out from the crowd, and also conducive to creating roof art.
Diamond Shaped Shingles Create Art
Roof art is one of our specialties! The diamond shape of Art-Loc® shingles allow us to design message and images on barns, churches, businesses, etc. Additionally, mixing and matching colors can create a gorgeous effect for a home. We have been using these diamond shaped shingles for over 70 years.
Modified Art-Loc® Shingles Take It to the Next Level
Never content with the status quo, we decided to improve upon our original design. Our modified Art-Loc® shingle is our new and improved version of the original diamond shaped roof shingles. These shingles can be placed over existing shingles or used in brand new roofing applications. They are both windproof and watertight, held down at six different points.
These modified diamond shaped shingles also include a magic ingredient: an SBS (Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene) polymer. SBS alters the asphalt to make it both more durable and more flexible. Your shingles will last longer and perform at a higher level as a result. They even come with a Class IV impact resistance rating, the highest rating possible, to protect against hail, branches, and other flying debris. Add on an 80 mph wind resistance rating, and you have not only a unique and attractive roofing shingle, but a very practical one too.
Diamond shaped shingles provide the chance for choosy customers to have a customizable, one-of-a-kind new roof that will look beautiful and perform at a high level. It’s a true roofing innovation.