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Avoiding commercial roofing scams this summer

Avoid commercial roof scams St. Louis - R&A Contracting

A bad storm blows through your commercial district damaging some roofs. Within a few days they start arriving: storm-chasing roofing “companies,” and by “companies” we mean con men. Homeowners are becoming more alert at the danger of roofing scams, but business owners may be just as vulnerable.

A logo-wrapped van pulling up to your office with an official-looking representative wearing a company polo may be nothing more than a well-oiled money scam. How do you know you can trust them? How can you prove that a specific roofing contractor has the skill set to fix your roof?

There are several crucial ways to avoid being the next victim of a commercial roofing scam:

  • Ask for a local business reference. If they cannot provide you a local reference whose story checks out, don’t trust them to fix your roof.
  • Review their credibility. Check for liability insurance, property coverage, and their ratings for services such as Angie’s List.
  • Get a second opinion. Our R&A Contracting team provides complimentary inspections for St. Louis-based businesses, even if you choose to go with another contractor.
  • Do not use a roofer who requires a down payment. If a roofer asks for a down payment to “secure materials” or “hold an appointment,” it’s either a roofing scam or a greenhorn who may not have the capability to properly fix your roof.
  • Do not use a roofing contractor who offers to pay your insurance deductible as part of their services. This is in direct violation of Missouri Senate Bill 101 and Missouri Senate Bill 610.

If your commercial roof is in need of repair, don’t rely on door-to-door knockers to get your roof fixed. R&A Contracting is St. Louis’ leader in commercial roofing systems. We are committed to helping business owners in our community keep focused on the customers in front of them, not the roof over them.

Call R&A Contracting at 636-387-7557 to learn more about our commercial roofing services and avoid commercial roofing scams this summer!

I’d be an idiot if I did not take this opportunity to communicate to you how much we appreciate the way in which you conduct business and take care of our facility. In my experience you, and your team, are at the top of the list of all the roofing companies I’ve dealt with over the years. Thank you!

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

Eric and crew were really nice to have around. They were courteous, careful and caused little if any disruption. Their work looks good too! To be honest… a good experience with a product that I initially had misgivings about. I’m a convert because of Bubba, Sam and Eric. Thank you.

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

“I want to thank the crew at R&A for a job well done on our very leaky roof at the shop. It is certainly nice to have the drips and rivers gone from the shop when it is raining. I also wanted you to know how much we appreciated that the guys were able to stay out of our way and allowed us to do business as usual without any problems or interruptions. The roof looks great and the clean-up after the job made it so we couldn’t even tell you’d been here. Thanks for doing what you do so well!”

Jay Moore, President of Safe Way Tire and Auto Center

“My wife and I were on vacation when water pipes burst in our house. We got a hold of Craig and the R&A crew was able to start evacuating the water immediately. The best part was that they were able to start work before we even returned home. It was a very fast turnaround considering the extensive amount of water damage.”

Will from Dardenne Prairie, MO

“Craig and Mike came out in a timely fashion when we needed the work done. They did a reliable and quality job.”

Jerry from SLR Properties

“Craig helped us out tremendously with the insurance process. Timely and very professional.”

Lindell from Greater Missouri Builders (GMB)

“We purchased a house and there was some damage to the roof. Very impressed with the thoroughness of Mike’s inspection. Very comfortable with their explanation of what needed to be fixed. Most impressive was the way they protected our landscaping. Really liked the way they treated me as a valued customer, even though it was only a small project.”

Ross from Troy, MO

“I use R&A Contracting when my commercial roofs receive storm damage. They work on our behalf through every step of the insurance claim process. They perform all of the work and complete the insurance process, making our roofs better than they were before the storm.”

Director of Facilities for a large Property Management Company

“The team at R & A Contracting responded immediately when notified of our water disaster. They removed water-damaged materials and property quickly and restored our home even before the final settlement from our insurance company. They minimized how long our family had to live in a hotel and got us back to normal as fast as possible.”

Will from O'Fallon, MO