It is so disappointing to us to read articles such as this recent one about an 89 year old gentleman being scammed by a father and son who never actually did the roofing work as contracted: Authorities Arrest a Father and Son in Roof Scam
According to the authorities, Robbie Wharton Jr., 65 and his son, Robbie Wharton III, 34, are being accused of contractor fraud and theft over $500. They ripped off $4800 from an elderly man for a roof repair job that never got done.
It's hard to believe there are individuals who prey on the elderly like this. The sad thing is this man was not the only victim to this type of scam. Another man in a neighboring area was approached a day or so before by a man identifying himself as R.H. Wharton. He was told that his roof needed to be repaired.
"The suspect and a younger man claimed to perform three repairs and the victim paid them $1,500. By the time the victim discovered that no roofing work had been done, the check had already been cashed, the incident report said."
Unfortunately, there are people in this world who make a living traveling around from one city to the next feasting on the elderly and other unsuspecting homeowners. With unemployment rising, people get more and more desperate. It's not an excuse, but definitely a reality that homeowners of all ages should be mindful of these days.
Finding a reputable roofing company who has been in business a long time in YOUR area is crucial. There are a lot of roofers out of work who are now working out of the back end of their trucks. Make sure you work with a roofer who is properly licensed, bonded and insured. You want a roofing company that is going to stand behind their workmanship.
If you have elderly parents, relatives or neighbors, who are still living on their own, help them out by inspecting their roof each spring
. We don't recommend you climb onto the roof, but you can use binoculars to inspect pitched roofs for missing shingles, buckling, and other signs of roof problems. Look also for blown off shingles in their yards. Blown off shingles are a sign that it is time for a roof replacement.
takes pride in doing the best quality work for their customers in the greater Seattle and Bellevue Eastside areas of Washington state. We are re-roof specialists who have been in business since 1986 with well over 100 years experience. We love to roof. Call us (206-935-1400) or email us for a free estimate.