As consumers, you want to do business with companies you know, like and trust. Trust is defined as the reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence, and integrity is the adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
Aren’t these traits that you want to see in the roofing contractor you choose to work on your most-prized possession? Of course you do! In fact, nothing is quite as important when dealing with any contractor you choose to improve your home.
There are simply too many fly-by-night contractors out there who will you tell you what you want to hear to get the job, but will ultimately burn you in the end. While a contractor may appear to be knowledgeable and professional, you’ll quickly find out why he was charging you a lower price than the others you contacted.
Never trust a Miami roofing contractor who:
- Works out of the back of his truck. (If he doesn’t have an office/office phone number – and only provides you with a cell number – he probably isn’t very trustworthy or experienced.)
- Asks for payment of materials upfront. (If a contractor doesn’t have the means to float material costs and some amount of labor before receiving a draw, they simply aren’t worth the risk of doing business with. A contractor who doesn’t have the cash flow to begin a project is one small crisis away from walking away with your money.)
- Doesn’t provide a clear date when the roofing project will be finished. (This is definitely a red flag; you don’t want a new roommate – you want a roofing contractor who will come in and complete the project in a timely and professional manner.)
- Offers you the lowest price. (Many times these contractors will offer you the lowest price to get the job and then inundate you with unnecessary change orders to make up the difference.)
- Doesn’t have a license and insurance. (Any reputable roofing contractor should have a license – if required by the state – and workers comp/liability insurance.)
- Has a sloppy appearance. (You can bet that if his appearance is messy, his jobsite will be too.)
These are just a few of the types of roofing contractors you should avoid. The bottom line is that when choosing a roofing contractor, without trust and integrity, you have no basis for a successful project. Integrity is knowing the difference between right and wrong, so how can you trust a contractor who doesn’t possess this highly-important trait?