The Hazards of Hiring Unlicensed Contractors
I have created this website in order to share what I've learned.
I purchased a roof that was supposedly the best I could buy, to be installed by the "best" Home Improvement Contractor in Rochester, NY. My elderly mother and I just wanted protection for our 170 year-old home. What we got, would horrify anyone.
The top button "Appalling Roof" leads to a pictorial tour of our roof by Eagle Construction. Their re-roofing performance illustrates most-of-what-can-be-done-wrong when you hire an unlicensed contractor to install a roof on your home. Incidentally, "appalling" is not a term I devised; it is the term used by the Eagle representative when he examined my roof.
Since this has happened, I have learned all of the things I did wrong.
I was mistaken on all points. Under the current scheme of things, the laws are written to protect the contractor; and leave homeowners without protection, without recourse, even with costly lawsuits.
My sincere wish is, if I recount all that I have learned, that I can prevent numerous people from making the same mistakes I made. – The worst of which was hiring Eagle Construction; more than twelve gallons of water leaked into my kitchen in January 2005. Knowledge is power. I am optimistic that the many topics discussed here (together with supporting information) will make us all worthy adversaries as we struggle to "get what we paid for."
My most important advice is: If you have any misgivings about the quality of your construction job, inspect or have it inspected – especially a roof. I say especially roofs, because a multitude of sins can be hidden under those shingles. Once you document the defects, file a complaint with your State Attorney General. Of course you may review my webpage "What If It's Done Wrong?"
For those of you who have already been victimized by an unlicensed or dishonest contractor, may I offer a word of encouragement from:
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I purchased a roof last year that was supposedly the best I could buy, to be installed by the 'best' Home Improvement Contractor in Rochester. What I got would horrify anyone. The first inkling I had that anything was wrong with Eagle Construction's installation of my roof was when a leak soaked a ceiling tile, which then fell onto my tenant's brand-new bed on January 29, 2004. The top button 'Appalling Roof' leads to a pictorial tour of my roof by Eagle Construction. I was naive to think that Eagle's memberships and awards meant something.
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This is a story about an atrocious roof installed by Eagle Construction. Did the Better Business Bureau, Better Contractor's Bureau, NARI - National Association of the Remodeling Industry, GAF Materials Corporation, or the D&C newspaper do anything to help the consumer? The consumer wants to share what she has learned to help other consumers not make the same mistakes she made.