Hello and welcome to the A.H. Bennett Company’s website! Unfortunately, what used to be here is no longer available as it was. Don’t worry though, if you’re looking for help with roofing, siding, and windows (and home improvement in general), we can point you to a few alternatives within the Minneapolis area right here on this page – if you’d like, you can give them a quick look before you go.
1st Choice Remodeling is a locally-owned, BBB-accredited business that offers services on roofing, siding, windows, attic insulation, storm damage restoration, emergency repair services – just to name a few – and they have 15 years of experience in providing professional, customer-centric service – as well as being an Owens Corning Preferred Contractor. Additionally, they offer lifetime warranties on select materials, labor warranties, and they provide free estimates (they have a web form that you can quickly fill-in).
Minneapolis-based Aspen Exteriors provides roofing, gutter, siding, and window installation and repairs, and they also offer storm and hail damage repairs. They are a BBB-accredited business, and they offer warranties that range from five years to a lifetime (you get to pick and choose which one you want), as well as a free inspection and estimate.
The Lino Lakes-based Chapman Homes is a full-service Design, Build, and Remodel firm that helps folks from the Twin Cities build homes from the ground up, including home remodeling and roofing, siding, and window services and repairs. Based on decades of experience of construction and real estate professional and owner Mike Chapman, Chapman Homes focuses on providing excellent and personalized service.
Golden Valley-based Roofs Plus Inc. is a GAF Certified Contractor and ShingleMaster Company CertainTeed roof installation, repair, and replacement outfit that also offers siding and window services. Check out their services and get in touch with them about any inquiries you may have through their contact form on the website.
Operating out of Bloomington, MN, the BBB-Accredited and OSHA-Compliant Simon Construction helps clients get work done on their projects, whether it’s commercial or residential, from the ground up or just roofing, siding, windows, or anything else. They pride themselves on providing quality service and having quite the list of satisfied clients – check out their website, get in touch, and ask for a free quote.
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When it comes to roofing – as well as other home improvement projects – there are several red flags you have to be aware of in order to both receive quality service and to protect your investment in the long run.
In the business of roofing (and home improvement in general) not everything can be sunshine and sparkles. Putting aside material and labor expenses – which, by the way, can already be pretty hefty by themselves – the consumer can't always be safe from unscrupulous companies. There are those who may take advantage of a customer’s inexperience by charging more money or offering low-quality services.
The bottom line is that some clients may become targets for these scams, so the best course of action would be to wise up and learn about the ways some roofing contractors may use to try to cheat us out of our money. In this brief article, I aim to shed light on the most common methods that these companies employ to con potential victims, so hopefully you can spot and avoid these scams. Let’s start off with the most common types of scammers:
The Disaster Roofers
First and foremost, all roofing companies and contractors stand to gain financially from natural disasters – whenever there’s a nasty storm, a bout of hail, or bad weather in general where your house may suffer damage – it’s just the nature of the business. In the aftermath of particularly significant atmospheric disturbances, some contractors may start popping up, offering to repair your home for extremely low prices. Some shady individuals may offer free roof inspections, after which they may show you pictures of a damaged roof claiming that it’s yours and that it needs to be repaired immediately; the catch here is that sometimes, these photos are fake, or from someone else’s roof and not your own!
Keep an eye out for these particular types of scams; if you suspect that your roof has been damaged by bad weather, please consider consulting a certified roofing contractor, and refrain from hiring random “experts” off the streets. The money you save by hiring a cheap roofer may not be worth it when after only a few months, you need to invest more money to fix a mediocre repair job on your roof.
The Door-to-Door Scammer
If you own an honest business and provide quality service, odds are that the customers will come to you. The door-to-door scammers are the other way around. Much like the Disaster Roofers I mentioned above, these types of scammers go around neighborhoods knocking on doors and insisting that you may have a damaged roof and that you should consider repairing them before the damage gets worse. Conveniently enough, this very same salesperson may also offer to conduct the repairs himself, and even mentions your insurance coverage and other details that he couldn’t possibly have ac-cess to. If a roofing contractor ever knocks on your door and gives you reason to suspect that they aren’t legitimate, shut the door immediately on their sales pitch.
Roofers Asking for A Down Payment to ‘Pay for Supplies’
This scam is also very common. When you need to patch up a leaky roof or have other repairs done on your property, some contractors may ask for advance payment which will allegedly be used to pay for supplies. This is a huge red flag, and is a clear indicator that you are dealing with illegitimate contractors. You see, most honest contractors have their own suppliers who they frequently work together with on their projects. Because of this, they should have the materials on hand to perform the required tasks, without needing to ask for down payments to purchase them. Other scammers may also try to trick your insurance company by offering to issue an invoice for a larger amount than the one they charged you with. Even if they offer to pay you a part of the “profit”, you should refuse outright; this counts as insurance fraud, which is a very serious offense that carries a hefty fine, even jail time for the parties involved.
The Aggressive Scammer
No one likes to get pressured into doing things; this is especially true when it comes down to roofing contracts. If a contractor gives you a surreal offer and pressures you to sign a contract under the pretext that this amazing price will expire soon, consider asking him to extend the offer, or just walk away. A legitimate transaction doesn’t need to come with undue pressure on customers in order to go through with their business. If someone is trying to force you to close a sale without letting you consult with friends or family or even giving you a card with their callback information, then consider doing your business with someone else. Odds are this contractor is trying to earn a quick buck at your expense.
The types of scams in the roofing industry are somewhat limited; they seldom operate outside of the methods I mentioned above. If anything, they may change the way they approach you, or the wording they use to trick you into doing business with them. So now that you know how to identify potential scammers, I want to finish by giving you a few tips to ensure that your roofing issues are resolved as smoothly as possible.
Find your ideal roofing contractor by word of mouth
This one is fairly self-explanatory: the best way to tell if a contractor is good is by looking for testimonies from satisfied customers. This one of the better ways – if not the best way – you can tell if a company is trustworthy.
Ask for a second opinion…
… or a third, fourth and fifth, really. Most – if not all – roofing contractors offer free quotes on their services, this way you can compare prices and choose the company that is better suited to your needs. These quotes are also great points of reference to help you know if a scammer is trying to trick you with an unreal offer. And speaking of opinions…
Ask for references
Most legitimate contractors will also provide company references or testimonials from previous customers, so that you may call them yourself and get a firsthand review of the company. Be sure to ask for both the positive and negative points of the company in question. That way you can make an informed decision on whether to trust this organization with the well-being of your home, or keep scouting for another one.
Have everything on paper
Once you finally pick a roofing company, be sure to get all the important bits and details of the project on paper. This includes the materials and labor expenses, the specific tasks that will be performed on your home, and the job timeline. That way if something goes awry or diverts from the agreement, you can point to the contract and defend your rights as a paying client.
Last but not least…
Pay only after the job is done
This one goes in direct contrast to the scammers I mentioned above who try to ask for a down payment on the roofing job. A legitimate business will never ask for payment up front to cover for material expenses. Also, be sure to pay with debit or credit if possible, so that your transaction can be easily tracked in case something goes wrong.
These are a few general recommendations on the things to look out for to protect your investment. Now you know how to identify possible scammers, and some basic tips on how to find the right contractor for you. Keep in mind that these suggestions are also valid for industries other than roofing; you may use them as a general rule of thumb to keep yourself – and your money – as safe as can be.
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