Be careful about your roofing contract
This time of year sees frequent hail storms in Northern Colorado and Wyoming. Already this year, there was a significant hail storm in Northern Colorado on May 23rd, and then again on June 18th and 19th. Hail storms often cause damage to roofs.
In the wake of any significant hail storm, local roof repair companies are swamped and cannot readily take on all the roof repair work. This leads to opportunities for out of town roof repair outfits. The out of town outfits can come in and promise to take care of your roof damage long before the local companies can get you scheduled. Many homeowners use out of town outfits because they do not want to wait weeks, or even months to have their roof repaired.
In my practice over the years, I have seen scores of problems with roof repair companies. Many of them over promise the timeline for repairing your roof. Some of them never finish the work. Some of them try to pad their work to squeeze extra money from the insurance companies, or homeowners. Some of them even go out of business shortly after taking the insurance money and doing the repairs. A lot of them are vague on their promises and do not provide any certainty about (1) the cost; (2) the estimated time to repair; or (3) the scope of the work.
There is some protection for homeowners. Under Colorado law, roofing contracts must have certain terms to ensure that homeowners know what they are getting into. The contract must state the following terms:
If you believe that you have entered into a roof repair contract that does not provide these essential terms, you may have a basis for challenging the contract. Please contact Harmony Law if you need assistance.
Wyoming adopted a similar law last year.
***We are looking into the practices of a roofing company called Renovate Colorado. Please contact Harmony Law if you have had a bad roofing experience with Renovate Colorado or have concerns about a roofing contract with that company.***