Storm chasing is a scam by dishonest roofers that travel to areas hit by major storms where there is a deluge of residential or commercial roofing needs. American Roofing, Inc. offers some advice to help you avoid falling victim to such dishonest “roofing contractors.”
Be Calm, Be Patient
Most people are desperate to find contractors after high winds or hail has affected their home or business. Storm chasers who claim to be local depend on this desperation to make a quick buck. So remain calm and always be careful when hiring contractors. Don’t work with the first person who knocks on your door claiming to be there to help you fix your home or business.
Choose a Local Roofing Company
Many storm chasers come from out of state and don’t plan to stick around after they’ve made some money off unsuspecting locals. Choose a local roofing company that will do your roof inspections because when problems arise in the future, you can easily call or stop by their office.
Call Your Insurance
Ask your insurance company what is covered under your current plan. They will be able to estimate a reliable quote that you can use to assess whether your contractor’s price seems reasonable. If the contractor insists on estimating the cost and not involving your insurance company, you should be alarmed.
Ask the Contractor for Certifications and Other Documents
Make sure your contractor has certification of workers’ compensation and liability insurance, and a license if it’s required in your area. Do it before you work with them for repairs or roof installation. Do not sign any contingency agreements that don’t mention local insurance. Ask for documentation that proves all materials are paid for in order to avoid paying for them again.
American Roofing, Inc. works with home and business owners in Cleveland and Mentor, OH, as well as in other locations in Ohio. Call us today at (216) 226-0123.