Storm Chasers: Buyer Beware
Not all roofers are created equal, Sadly, many homeowners have been scammed by unqualified “storm chasers”, con-artists who follow storms patterns (like hail storms, or high wind storms / tornados), hoping to do quick repair work for cash, then leave you worse off than you started.
If your roof should incur damage during a heavy storm, you'll likely begin seeking out a roofer to help with repairs, but some roofers will go out of their way to find you after these occurances. They are commonly referred to as "Storm Chasers" and their hustle can leave you out thousands of dollars.
A Scammers M.O.
If you get a knock at the door after a storm passes through and it's someone calling themselves a roofer, offering you a too good to be true price for speedy repairs or replacement, it's time to be alert. There are scam artists out there hoping to make a quick buck off of your unfortunate circumstance. They show up looking the part and then leave you off worse than you were before they arrived. By the time you realize their repair didn't work, or that your roof has been installed poorly, poof...they've already skipped town, leaving you out of the money for the original work, and out the cost of hiring a professional to properly repair or replace the roof.
Stand Your Ground
Many storm chasers use high-pressure tactics to get you to sign "agreements" or state that they know the insurance claim process to convince you to let them onto your roof. There are multiple cases where homeowners have stated that their roof wasn't even damaged before the storm chasers had access to their roof or that the problem was never actually fixed at all. If you believe your roof has been damaged by a storm, and you encounter a pushy roofer who is pressing you to let them on your roof, the best thing to do is kindly refuse them, ask for a card and shut the door until you can make contact with your insurance company. The insurance company’s estimator will be insured to be on your roof and will be able to legitamately validate any signs of damage, helping you along with the process of opening a claim and having it repaired by a trustworthy professional.
Ask the Questions
When it comes to such an important investment as your roof, don’t be swayed by price, be swayed by reputation. When your roof is damaged and insurance can't help, it's time to start acquiring bids. When you first start looking for a roofer, be sure to ask them if they're licensed, bonded & insured (you can also look them up via your state license board website). The roofer you choose should be happy to provide you with that information, along with references or addresses you can go visit to see the work they've completed. Reference websites like Yelp and Angies List for reviews from actual homeowners opinions on work done for them. When it comes to your roof, its better to have quality, otherwise you’ll be looking at quantity.
If your home has recently weathered a storm and you suspect your roof has sustained damage, be sure to give the experts at C & J Roofing Co., Inc. a call! We will come out and provide you with a FREE ESTIMATE to get your roof back in tip top shape. We're Licensed, Bonded & Insured and our 35+ years of experience speaks for itself! We can get your roof back in water-tight condition no matter what the storms throw at your roof, with the peace of mind to match!