A Southern Colorado couple wants to warn others after their nightmare experience with a Divide roofing company.
Kevin and Lynn Albert hired Aspen Roofing and Chimney to replace their roof after a hail storm in 2010. They ended up with hundreds of nails protruding from the roof and shingles that were sticking up and falling off. The roof failed an inspection by the Teller County Building Department. The Alberts contacted the owner of Aspen Roofing, Andre Kilik, a man they said they'd known since he was a child.
"I really panicked and worried about it," said Lynn Albert. "I thought he would follow through since we've known him all his life."
Kilik offered to repair the roof, but an engineer as well as several roofing contractors said the roof had to be replaced. The Alberts ended up suing Aspen Roofing and being awarded a judgment of more than $15,000. They may never see a dime though, after Aspen Roofing filed for bankruptcy last week.
"We followed the rules, we got a judgment and now when it comes time to collect, it's very difficult when someone just bails out on you," said Kevin Albert.
The Alberts learned too late that while Aspen Roofing was licensed and insured, it wasn't bonded.
Bonding insurance, often called "bonding," makes an insurance company liable if a job is done incorrectly or there is fraud or dishonesty. It was something the Alberts didn't know to look for. Especially with the recent hail storms, they're encouraging Southern Coloradans to do their homework before handing over their money.
"I know people are in a hurry to get their roofs repaired, but they need to take the time to compare contractors and make sure they're going to get somebody that's going to do them a quality job," said Kevin.
The Alberts called KRDO Newschannel 13 with concerns that Andre Kilik and his wife Vanessa were taking new jobs, despite their bankruptcy.
On Saturday, the website for Aspen Roofing and Chimney was still online and the couple's voice mail message stated the company name. But Andre Kilik told KRDO Newschannel 13 on Sunday that he was dissolving his business and forfeiting his license. Kilik took down the website down just a few hours after talking to KRDO Newschannel 13.
"In 20 years, I've never even had the threat of somebody suing me," said Kilik. "We're good people; we don't take advantage of people."
Besides making sure your contractor is licensed, insured and bonded, check out the company's rating on the Better Business Bureau website and ask to see some recent work. Ask your family, friends and colleagues for recommendations.
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KRDO Newschannel 13 wants to emphasize that there is another business in Southern Colorado called Aspen Roofing, and the Kilik's business in Divide is in no way affiliated with the company based in Colorado Springs.