As we near the end of 2014 and the holiday season approaches, unscrupulous roofing contractors and scammers always surface and try and take advantage of local homeowners. This weekend KOAA News 5 ran a News 5 Investigates story about unlicensed contractors operating here in El Paso County. These type of operations pop up all around the country, usually after bad storms have blown through an area, but Colorado makes for an especially sweet target with our hail storms and seasonal flooding.
There are hundreds of Roofing Contractors here in Colorado Springs. When your home has been damaged or your roof is leaking; you want the problem fixed ASAP! There’s a couple of easy ways to protect yourself and your home from being scammed by an unlicensed contractor performing sub standard work, or getting ripped off completely by a scammer.
First, verify the contractor’s business with the Better Business Bureau. The BBB of Southern Colorado has a easily searchable index of accredited local businesses and charities, with detailed business listings including complaints registered with the BBB, resolutions to those complaints, and customer reviews. BBB Accreditation and the BBB letter grade requires time and effort to achieve and maintain, and is a good starting point for separating real local businesses from fly by night stormers.
Second, check their licenses and permits with the Pike’s Peak Regional Building Department. Every time a roof is installed on a home in El Paso County, the roofing contractor has to pull a permit for work to be performed on the property. This registers the work with the State Of Colorado, so if they wanted to show up and inspect your roof crew or roof install, if OSHA wanted to check that all safety procedures were being followed, etc, this is how the state regulatory agencies know about work being and some shady contractors won’t pull a permit to ensure OSHA or PPRBD inspectors won’t show up on the site. If the contractor you’re working with hasn’t pulled any permits lately, that’s a huge red flag!
Third, check with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office to see if the contractor is registered Colorado business with a Certificate of Good Standing with the state. This would also be a good place to cross reference the contractor’s contact information, make sure they’re not operating out of a P.O Box, see if what they’re saying and have printing on their contract lines up with what they have registered with the state.
Other options would be doing some basic Google research on the contractor. Most Google Place & Map listings have reviews, and while anyone can make a Google review including non customers and competitors, it should give you a general idea of how long they’ve been in business, where, and with who. See if they have a Social Media presence, how many Facebook likes and posts do they have, Google their phone number to see how long it’s been tied to their business. These are just some basic tips on avoiding fraudulent roofing contractors and protecting yourself and your homeThis is Avalanche Roofing’s lead technician repairing the damaged ridge on our shop from severe weather.
Avalanche Roofing & Exteriors has been registered with the BBB for over 6 years and we carry an A rating. Our company has roofed over 200 homes this summer 2014. We are a GAF Factory Certified Master Elite Roofing Contractor operating in Colorado Springs and El Paso County with thousands of satisfied customers.