Avoiding Roof Rip Offs

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It's the time of year when many of us plan to tackle those big projects around our home.

For some, that includes dishing out plenty of dough to fix or replace that old rickety roof.

But experts warn now is the time scammers are on the prowl for a payday which could leave you with a bad roof and a big bill.

Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey took a closer look at the big roofing scams to watch out for this season.

He also teamed up with contractor Tim Howell of Lake Ariel to offer suggestions on ways to maximize your time and money when re-roofing your home.

As for those five big roofing scams mentioned on Newswatch 16,  here's a list of them and more details from the consumer driven website "Angie's List."

To look up a registered contractor through the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General as well as links to the Better Business Bureau, head here!

For more tips on everything from "how much a new roof should cost," to "warranties" as well as "choosing the right shingles," click here!


  • joemama1980

    Tim is a stand up guy and a real craftsman. I’ve recommend him to many of my customers and they’ve all been very pleased.

  • Jason BS Scarborough

    Stay away from USA Home Improvements; I wouldn’t let them put a roof on a dog house!

  • Feed Me More

    be on the lookout for customers who hire a contractor and then dont pay. you can go through the hassle of putting a lien on a property but there isnt much to protect contractors from people like that, and most likely the money will never be seen.

  • john williams

    Ask for a list of 10 past customers and call them all. Ask the local code inspector how long your local company has been around. Search the owner of the companies name for past court cases.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Registered contractor doesn’t mean $&it!

    Any Joe Schmoe off the street can get a registration # and cheap $500 liability insurances and POOF! They’re a contractor!

    Get several bids from different roofers to protect yourself.

    Also, if they have guys on site, make sure they have workers compensation insurance.

    Expect to pay more, but if they don’t have it, it could be worse.

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