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Crooks Target T-locks! (Betty Sexton)

Call for Action has heard from countless people who have been ripped off by scam artists pretending to be reputable roofers. And... beware if you have a roof with T-lock shingles. Crooks are targeting you!

You'll find them on a number of homes in Colorado. T-lock shingles used to be THE product. They have a distinctive look and pattern and were installed on thousands of homes because they could withstand our high winds.

But T-locks are no longer state of the art. In fact, they're discontinued. That means if your home suffered hail damage and you have T-locks, you may be eligible for a new roof.

Fly-by-nighters know this and have been going door to door, trying to solicit business. Like anything else, DON'T HIRE SOMEONE WITHOUT CHECKING THEM OUT FIRST.

Number one, choose a contractor who is licensed and bonded. One simple call to Pikes Peak Regional Building or Pueblo Regional Building will answer that question. That information also is available online.

Also ask for references. Don't rely on someone who is getting a new roof right now, but someone who has lived with the work for awhile.

Make sure the contractor gets a permit to do work on your home. You'll need proof that a permit was pulled if you ever sell your home.

The roofing company should also be able to prove it has liability insurance. That's important in case a worker is injured at your home.

Get a couple of bids before hiring a roofer. It takes time, but helps you compare what contractors are charging for materials like shingles, felt, and trim ... and judge how experienced they are.

Never pay in full until your roof passes inspection. If a roofer asks for money upfront, don't hire him. Most reputable contractors won't demand cash upfront. They'll ask homeowners to hang onto insurance company checks until the work's complete and your roof has passed inspection.

 

Finally, don't be afraid to ask for a mechanic's lien release. That helps ensure there are no outstanding claims against your property.

Remember, it's your job to protect that roof over your head.

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