Roofers Accused of Scams in 11 States Await Trial in Florida

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Magali Arce

Subject: re: Ripped off in NJ

I am a single hard working woman, raised three children on my own with no child support and never collected welfare. I work very hard to save up my money and got ripped off by a company that has ripped off many people and in the past few weeks burned up twenty homes.
I looked yesterday to find that he was listed in The Prime Buyer's Report as one of the ten top roofing companies in the Mercer County Areas. Are you serious? I went to the courts and placed a lien on this person and guess what the courts can't get him either... it seems like the swindlers always get ahead... they are too smart even for those that are suppose to be helping us. Now my house is messed up in the outside as well as in the inside and I have no money for the repairs.... OH GOD HELP ME!!!!


Subject: American Shingle

I guess I am one of the few lucky ones. I had the salesman come up to me outside and pull the damaged roof story. Little did he know that I already knew I had minor damage on the roof. We called my insurance company and they sent an adjuster over to verify what was needed to be done. Here is where the homeowner needs to be smart. NEVER PAY FOR WORK BEFORE IT IS DONE. The salesman said I could pay for it now or after the work. Only an idiot would pay for something like roof work before the work is done. If they say you have to pay for it first, then don't pay! Ot isn't rocket science. I had them do the work first. They hired a crew and it was done in one day. I had an issue with a few spots and pointed it out to the salesman. He had them fix it before I settled. The rule to live by in home repairs is : THe one who has the money has control. Roof hasn't leaked and looks good.

john z

Subject: scam artist

Being in building enforcement for 35 years in southern California and going thru events like earthquakes, fire ,1 tornado, minor flooding. The scam artist converge on the victims at their highest fearful state and weakest emotional state. These predators are numerous in professions .1st the news with there employee's to generate fear by this I mean they embellish the magnitude to help sell fear. This information is then used by predators and other professions to promote income for there services. The point is during these climatic events. Everything and service is limited, help yourself and your neighbors get thru some of this if you can. Because when things clam down most of the scam artist will have made there money and move on to find a new crop of victims.

Christine M

Subject: A-rated roofer in SC

After having one roofer defraud me, I hired an "A" rated roofer in South Carolina who did show up and complete a small roofing repair job on my rental house. (At least I guess he did as I wasn't on the roof with him). Unfortunately, he turned out to be a meth/crack head with a long criminal history. When he finished, he called me and started raving like a lunatic demanding I drive (immediately) 100 miles to give him his check as well as an unspecified amount of extra money than he had asked for initially. When I refused, he became more abusive, starting swearing at me threatened to come to my house (100 miles) from where he did the work, while telling me he didn't have money to buy "bait" to go fishing (but he could afford about 40 gallons of gas). What he wanted to buy was more drugs. The next day, another contractor brought him my check with the final payment as I was terrified of this nut. The roofer had a complete drug-fueled screaming meltdown with him in front of my house. He had just broken up with his girlfriend and apparently was enraged with any woman who crossed his path. He has a history of violence against women and if I had handed him the check, even though it was for a bit more than he'd estimated, I have no doubt he would have seriously hurt or even killed me, Even though 911 had to be called, nothing happened to him. SC law enforcement doesn't get involved in episodes like this, nor criminal fraud. Hopefully, Florida has a better legal system. In SC, you are on your own with contractors. Fraud and dishonesty is common, but there are also violent predatory criminals amongst men in the home improvement industry. Roofers are often convicted felons. In the "Grand Strand" area, hiring contractors is particularly treacherous as there is such a collection of criminals that end up there and there is a very widespread problem with heroin, crack and meth in people of all ages.

Tom Williams

Subject: So it goes

It's amazing to me that people would sign up with door knockers and out of staters......I can't feel too sorry for anyone here. My business takes hit after hit from greedy homeowners, scam artists and flaky insurance companies. I guess if you can't beat 'em, join 'em?

Judith rogers

Subject: Good story...well written

Looking forward to follow up story with pics after a judge wipes the smile off of Pureber's face! Seriously?!mWho is stupid and impudent enough to smile in an arrest photo?!? Grrrrr!

Joyce Striebel

Subject: American Shingle

I hope that Florida will be able to stop these people from preying on so many of us. In South Carolina they took our insurance check and we never saw them again. We reported it to our Attorney General but no one put a stop to their activities. They were just allowed to move on to other states.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.