If you think extreme storms with high winds only cause damages such as torn asphalt shingles, ice dams, flooding and other landscaping problems, then you’re mistaken. The aftermath of storms can also call the attention of “storm chasers”, or fake roofers who offer ineffective roof repair solutions from town to town just to make an easy profit from desperate homeowners. To protect your home from poor workmanship, it’s important to be aware of storm chasers and their sly tactics. Here are some questions to ask yourself if someone claming to be a roofing contractor approaches you and offers to repair your roof for you:
Where is their business office located? Hiring a local roofing contractor will not only be more likely to guarantee outstanding results, but you can also more easily confirm the legitimacy of their business. Most storm chasers who strike storm-hit communities are from out of town. Since real roofing companies are often swamped with repair jobs after a major weather event, some homeowners are left with no other alternative, and therefore make easy targets for fraudulent roofers. Accepting help from storm chasers may appear more convenient at the time, but this is no substitute for the long-lasting results you’ll get when hiring a reputable contractor.
Are they demanding a signature? Storm chasers avoid liability for intended roofing scams by pressuring homeowners to sign a contract immediately, leaving no time for them to look into the legitimacy of their business. They may also offer to pay your insurance deductible or tempt you with a cashback incentive to firmly convince you to sign. Perceived pressure and opportunities are the main causes of fraud, so make sure not to impulsively sign anything. Even on a simple flat roof repair, a reputable contractor will give you time and information, then allow you space to make your decision.
Have you spent time researching roofing companies beforehand? The best way to prevent faulty roofing jobs is to ask about the contractor’s qualifications. Go to a roofer who has a real company website, certifications and insurance for their employees. You may also find customer reviews and complaints online to further look into how they handle their business.
For high-quality products and customer service, look no further than Arrowhead Roofing. From moisture damage repair to Decra roofing replacements, we promise that we’ll treat your home like it’s our own! Call us today at (918) 879-4470 or fill out this contact form to schedule a consultation.