The quarantine period is particularly daunting for both homeowners in Calgary AB and businesses across the area. Having to halt trade for an unusually long period can be problematic. Furthermore, homeowners who have yet to have a roofing inspection and maintenance service fear that their roofs are in poor condition.

If you have had roofing maintenance services recently, you have nothing to fear regarding your roof. However, it’s wise to provide simple repairs to your roof that any homeowner can do if you haven’t had inspections recently. DIY roofing is dangerous to both your well-being and expenses you’ll have to shell out if something untoward happens.

Another considerable problem you’ll need to face is unlicensed online roofing material sellers. True enough, reputable manufacturers have their respective distribution pipeline and certified suppliers direct to properties. Online roofing material sellers have attractive prices less than 30% to even 70% of the actual cost of local, well-made roofing materials.

Most homeowners think it’s a great deal. Then, they proceed to purchase it. Once it arrives, the material can be different from the picture. Those fortunate enough to receive an item similar to the product’s photo will find that their new asphalt shingle or corrugated metal roofing panel can only provide exceptional protection less than one year or even a quarter of a year.

Make sure you only source your roofing materials from reputable suppliers. Exemplary roofers in Calgary AB with in-depth experience, such as No Payne Roofing, can help you find the best suppliers. However, we warn against doing DIY roofing to prevent additional expenses and damage as well.

Business Insider has a great article on how to avoid online scammers from tricking you into buying problematic materials too. Read more below:

1. Know who’s selling the product

Third-party sellers often use sites like Amazon to clear their excess inventory, garner more visibility, or find a larger audience. While these sellers don’t equate to a fake product, they do warrant a closer look as most counterfeit products come from them.

A How-to Geek writer, who was scammed by a counterfeiter on Amazon, breaks down three different types of products you’ll find on the site:

Ships from and sold by [Name of Third-Party Seller]: The product is sold by the third-party seller and shipped directly to you.

Sold by [Name of Third-Party Seller] and Fulfilled by Amazon: A third-party seller ships the product to Amazon’s warehouses, which then ships it to you without confirming the product is authentic beforehand.

Ships from and sold by Amazon sells the product, so it should be legitimate. While this method isn’t completely immune to counterfeits, as they can get commingled into the general stock, it’s still your best bet.

Narrow down your shopping search on e-commerce retailers to products sold by the site itself.

2. If it’s not coming from the retailer, look up the seller

“You can look to see if something is sold by or fulfilled by that particular website. If it’s fulfilled by that, [it] doesn’t mean that website is selling it to you, it means that they are getting the product to you, but it’s coming from a third party,” Gianopoulos said, adding you should look for a customer service phone number and address in case you need to return the product. (Continued)