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For those of us who live here in Hood, Parker and Erath counties, we are all to familiar with “extreme weather”. When a severe thunderstorm comes through with high winds or a large hail storm hits Granbury or Glen Rose lots of people need new roofs at the same time.

Unfortunately, these events often attract an unwanted pest known as “Cowboy Roofers”. When it comes to home repairs, roofing is one of the most crucial elements that homeowners need to address. Unfortunately, some homeowners fall prey to these fraudulent and unscrupulous “cowboy roofers.”

Cowboy roofers are contractors who operate outside the law, taking advantage of homeowners who lack knowledge about roofing and home repairs. They tend to use high-pressure tactics to push homeowners into signing contracts, often charging excessive fees for substandard work. In some cases, they may even disappear without completing the job or offering refunds.

To avoid falling prey to cowboy roofers, it’s essential to know what to look for and how to protect yourself.

First and foremost, it’s crucial to research any contractor before hiring them. Check their credentials, such as their license and insurance, and read reviews from previous clients. Reputable roofing companies will have a portfolio of completed jobs, and they should be willing to provide references upon request.

Cowboy roofers tend to work quickly, offering immediate repairs without proper assessments. Be wary of contractors who offer an instant solution without thoroughly inspecting your roof’s condition. A reputable roofer will conduct a thorough inspection and provide you with a detailed estimate before beginning any work.

It’s also essential to avoid contractors who offer to waive your insurance deductible or provide cash incentives to sign a contract. These are both signs of a scammer and can result in legal and financial consequences.

To protect yourself from cowboy roofers, make sure that you have a written contract that outlines the scope of the work, the timeline, and the total cost. Additionally, never pay for the entire job upfront. A reputable roofer will require a deposit, with the balance due upon completion of the job.

In conclusion, cowboy roofers can cause significant damage to your home and your wallet. By doing your research, asking the right questions, and protecting yourself with a written contract, you can avoid falling prey to their scams. Choose a reputable roofing contractor who will provide you with the quality work and service that you deserve.