SOURCE: The Roof Medics LLC

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October 27, 2009 12:00 ET

This Is the Most Dangerous Time to Hire a Roofing Contractor and the Best

The Roof Medics Reveal How to Save Money and Protect Yourself From Fraud

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - October 27, 2009) - This is one of the scariest times for property owners in the history of our country. Property values are down, contractors are laying off and according the Arizona Registrar of Contractors -- they receive between 11,000 and 13,000 complaints annually, more than 700 claims filed against the Recovery Fund, complaints against unlicensed contractors are up 47% and countless contractors have gone out of business.

Contractors across the state are trying to keep their crews busy and stay in business. This is a great opportunity to hire a contractor at huge savings. BUT, there are some pit falls. With lower prices, quality may be compromised. If a contractor is providing a low price to "get the job" he will have to cut somewhere to make up the difference, talent, material or quality. We have all heard the nightmare stories of contractors accepting up front deposits and never showing up again.

Nicholas Bryditzki, The Roof Medic suggests the following 3 steps:

1. Check their license with the Registrar of Contractors, and ask for current proof of liability and workmen's compensation insurance. Ask about their standing with suppliers; you don't want the supplier to lien your property because a contractor did not pay their bill.

2. Do not provide any large amount of up front money -- let your contractor know you will provide a deposit when the materials are delivered and they start the project.

3. Ask about their warranty. Bryditzki states, "Warranties are cheap, contractors are offering extra long warranties to get your business. The ROC only requires 2 years, anything after that is up to the contractor. If they go out of business so does your warranty."

Bryditzki suggests that property owners get a full roof inspection and report prior to hiring a contractor to make sure contractors are bidding apples to apples. The Roof Medics LLC Consumer Roof Consultants offers a Double Warranty Protection Option, where several contractors work together on projects offering the property owner double protection. Both contractors warranty each other's work; if one goes out of business the other will still be there to warranty the work. For more info on choosing a contractor visit www.theroofmedics.com.

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