Lubbock roofers help residents avoid scammers

Lubbock roofers help residents avoid scammers

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

In Texas, anyone can be a roofer. The state does not require a license or regulate the roofing industry so that naturally leaves everyone vulnerable to scammers.

With the hail storm Saturday, "fly-by night" roofers made their way into Lubbock. 

Driving around any South Lubbock neighborhood, roofing signs are pinned down on almost every front yard. While the damage is costing these residents, it makes for good roofing business and an opportunity for scammers. 

Kris Kincaid is the president of Lubbock Area Roofing Contractors Association. He said the organization's purpose is to build credibility and hold companies to a high standard.

"We wanted to raise the bar in roofing in Lubbock, TX because there is no bar," Kincaid said.

Kincaid said Lubbock does not require contractors to carry general liability insurance, something to cover property damage or personal injury.

"To currently pull a permit in the city of Lubbock all you need is a $20,000 bond, which cost 50 bucks and then anybody's in business," Kincaid said.

This allows just about anyone to identify as a roofer overnight. 

"We've got guys coming out of the woodwork that were sheet rockers, painters, doing something else besides roofing so we're having to deal with people who are not roofing professionals that are appearing to be," Kincaid said.

The competition does not stop there. LARCA member, Jeremy Andrus said they are also seeing fly-by night roofers. 

"There's going to be a lot of slick talkers coming into town and they may be a good roofing company but this Winter if you've got a problem or a leak, are they still going to be here to take care of you?," Andrus said.

Resident Carrie Funk said she had out of towners knock on her door and calling, but she did not feel right about it. It was not until she was told about LARCA, she was able to choose a credible roofer. 

"They've been in business in Lubbock since 2007 and they do have reputable credentials and they do things properly, they hand nail, they don't use, the nail guns," Funk said.

Every member of LARCA has a general liability insurance of at least $300,000 for residential and 1 million for commercial properties, 

"They pass background checks, they pass vendor checks, they pass credit checks, they've got an A plus rating with the Better Business Bureau," Kincaid said. "So these guys are vetted, these guys are the ones that are doing the roofs right." 

Kincaid said it is important not to sign a contract or start paying until you do your homework. In Texas, you have three days to cancel a contract. 

"Once you see material on the ground, I would not give more than half down, maybe 40 percent," Kincaid said. "So you've got to be careful of that and anybody asking to get paid upfront, it's insane. Do not ever, every pay in full upfront." 

Most LARCA members will have the logo on the back of their trucks. You can also check their website for a full list of members here

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