Beware Common Roofing Scams!

Jan 28, 2019 | Roofing

Are you aware of the common roofing scams that many people fall victim to every year?

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home – it keeps the elements out, it keeps your home’s structure intact, and it protects the things that matter most.

If you’re in need a full roof replacement, you’ll want to find a reliable roofing contractor who will do the job with care and attention to detail.

The unfortunate reality is that while most roofing contractors are honest and dependable, there will always be those looking to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners. These scam artists, or ‘fly-by-nighters’, want nothing more than to take your money (and your neighbors’ money, too) and get out of town.

One of the common red flags you need to be on the lookout for is when a roofer or roofing company gives an unusual, unbelievably low bid for completing the work. Sometimes this scam is called the “elevator ride” because that initial low price will soon start to go up-up-up.

Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Reputable roofers have fair prices and they are upfront about costs.

How the Scam Works

You solicit quotes from a bunch of roofing companies when your home needs a roof replacement. After all, you want to find a good roofer and a good price. When you get the bids for the work, one bid stands out because it is significantly lower than all of the other quotes you’ve received.

Since a roof replacement is an expensive job, you take the low bid, thinking you’ve found a great deal.

After you have signed on for the work and the roofer begins the job, unexpected costs start cropping up over and over again. The roofer says that the materials have gone up in price, that they found unforeseen problems on your roof, that the labor will cost more than expected, and so on.

At this point, your roof project is halfway through and you will need to come up with the extra money before the roofer finishes the job (or they’ll just leave your roof unfinished).

By the end of this, you’ll end up paying much more than that first low bid – and probably much more than the other companies’ more accurate and truthful bids as well.

Note: It is difficult for a roofer to inspect your roof’s decking (the bottom layer of your roof) before they start the work. Legitimate companies may come upon decking damage that requires an increase in price, but they will be transparent about this.

How to Protect Yourself from This Scam

Legitimate roofers can offer deals or lower prices; however, it will typically not be drastically (unbelievably) lower than any other reputable company. They offer fair prices – not “cheap” prices.

Get quotes from several roofing companies. If one is strangely below the range of the others, ask yourself why.

Here is how you can avoid being scammed:

  • Ask the roofer how unforeseen problems will be addressed.

  • Ensure the cost for replacing damaged decking is included in the contract.

  • Ensure the roofing contract includes the cost of labor and the costs of the various materials that will be used.

  • Do not fall for high-pressure sales tactics.

  • Research the roofing company’s reputation – are they credible, do they have good customer reviews online?

  • Do not give a large deposit on the work upfront if you are uncomfortable doing so.


Greenawalt Roofing Company is happy to visit your home, perform an assessment and prepare an estimate with no cost or obligation to you. The price you pay for a new roof is affected by many variables including the size of your home and roof area, the roofing material, and the amount of labor needed to install the roof. Greenawalt Roofing is fully licensed and insured and we will provide a Certificate of General Liability and Worker’s Compensation for every job we perform. We’ve worked hard since our founding to build a reputation for excellence that has allowed us to continue to grow over the years. We have a long history of satisfied customers. See what they had to say about us. Give us a call today to schedule your free roof replacement estimate at (717)898-6000. We also offer other services such as gutters, gutter guard, downspouts, windows, doors, siding, fascia, and more!

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