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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Watch out for reject shingles

The economy is changing. When times are lean, we see the bottom feeders come in the construction area, touting great prices, but delivering alot less. With the recent hurricanes on the coast of Texas, we have 1000's of contractors that decided to become a roofer and remodeler the night after the hurricane. They move from other states with the sole purpose of scamming homeowners. When selecting a roofing company, make sure you know what you are buying. If your contractor delivers product to the job that looks like it was pulled out of the dumpster, it probably is reject material. Many of these will not be in wrappers. They will tell you that it's good material, but how do you know.

Look on the contract for wording that says something like all material to be delivered in the factory packinging or all material specified to be guaranteed. When the delivery is made, take a quick look to see if it has the wrappers still intact. From time to time, you may pick a color or year shingle that hasn't been sold in a few months. If the pallet has sat outside, the wrappers may be torn or faded, but they are still intact. It's easy to tell the difference. If you feel you are getting poor material, ask for new product. Get the suppliers name that sold the material.
Call them and find out the true details of your order.

Nothing wrong with being a prudent buyer. There are too many good contractors in this area to be conned by a few bad ones.
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