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5 Red Flags to Look For When Hiring A Roofer

red flags when hiring a roofer

When it comes to choosing a roofer, there are a lot of factors to consider. We know for residential roofers in Salem and throughout the Willamette Valley, you have a lot of options - but how do you sort through them?

Hopefully the following red flags to watch for when considering a contractor will help! In our experience serving homeowners, these are the red flags to watch for early on.

1. Unusually Low Roofing Bids

If a bid comes in so low that it is far cheaper than any other estimate, it is wise to take a closer look. Unfortunately we hear from frustrated homeowners who were looking to cut down expenses, but ended up with roof issues and costly repairs later on. Every homeowner is looking for a fair price on their roof installation, but no one wants to be left dealing with loop holes or surprise expenses added on during a project. Dakota Roofing is dedicated to affordable roofing in Salem, with quality roof replacements to last for years to come.

2. No Portfolio or References

If a roofer claims experience but can’t back it up with references, reviews, or a portfolio of completed jobs - red flag! A new roof is a wise investment in your home, when it is in the hands of an experienced roofing crew. Make sure you are comfortable with your roofing contractor. Can they answer all your questions and show you photos or videos of completed jobs?

3. Overly High Roofing Bids

On the other end, are you receiving bids that are way higher than other estimates or going rates in your area? This can be a sign of inflated prices or unnecessary add-ons. Ask for a summary of roofing materials or systems used and what goes into your price estimate. A new roof is an investment to protect your home for years to come - so make sure you are getting a quality product at a reasonable price.

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4. Asking for Full Payment Upfront

Roofers differ on their payment methods. Some ask for a small deposit or upfront amount to reserve your place on the schedule. But you should never be asked to pay the majority or full amount upfront before work even begins. Dakota Roofing even offers financing options so that you can make payments while enjoying your completed roof. Contact us today to explore your financing options.

5. Not Enough Credentials

Any legitimate roofer should happily provide info on their insurance or license. A fly under the radar roofer may come in with an appealing low bid, but is not worth the risk. If a roofer can’t provide their proper business info, or is not credentialed to work in your area - red flag. Dakota Roofing is a certified applicator of the best roofing materials and a preferred contractor for Owens Corning roof systems.


Of course, there are going to be other warning signs when a contractor is not the right fit. Trust your gut - go with the option that feels like it best matches your situation and is someone who you trust to work through this process. Avoid pushy contractors that want you to sign before you’re ready or are demanding payment upfront, and always feel free to get another estimate to better understand your roofing options.

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Dakota Roofing is dedicated to providing the highest quality residential roofing in Salem and throughout the Willamette Valley, consistently providing high quality work, competitive pricing, and superior customer service and safety standards. We offer free estimates, just give us a call. We are your Salem roofer serving the Willamette Valley and western Oregon.

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