Not everyone offering to fix your roof is on the up and up

After this month’s damaging hail storm, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is warning people of fly-by-night roofing and home repair contractors.

The incoming hail storm as seen from Cheesman Park. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

After this month’s damaging hail storm, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is warning people of fly-by-night roofing and home repair contractors. Those who operate the scams typically will promise to repair damage and then take off with your money without doing the work.

Coffman warned people to be suspicious of anyone coming to your home uninvited claiming to be a roof repair contractor, to not fall for high-pressure sales tactics and to contact your insurance company before spending a significant amount of money on roof repairs.

“Unlicensed contractors and repair companies often canvas entire neighborhoods following large hail storms, promising to clean up broken trees and debris, repair windows and siding or repair damaged roofs,” Coffman said in a press release. “They claim to have a crew and supplies on hand to get started quickly, and typically offer a ‘special price’ if you will pay in cash in advance.”

Coffman also advised homeowners to be aware of laws regarding roofing contractors. For example, there needs to be a written contract detailing the dates of service, costs, the roofing contractor’s contact information and information about the customer’s right to rescind the contract.

People are encouraged to be on the lookout for scams around their neighborhood and are also encouraged to share this information with those who are vulnerable or elderly.

You can find more information regarding fake contractors and you can report fraud at www.StopFraudColorado.gov.