West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service today warned of the misery caused by cowboy roofers who target elderly householders and persuade them to pay thousands of pounds for work which is either unnecessary or sub-standard.
Glossy leaflets delivered door to door promise new uPVC fascia, soffits and guttering for a few hundred pounds, all backed by an impressive-sounding 10 year guarantee. Trade names used are similar to well known national home improvement companies.
However, recent complaints to Trading Standards indicate that householders who take up these offers are told their roofs need urgent and extensive work to replace rotten felting and wooden battens. The work is quoted at thousands of pounds and the trader wants to start immediately. Unfortunately faced with these tactics many householders agree to the work without a second opinion: