It’s that time again…. Be ware of storm chasers!
Over the next couple of months you may notice roofing companies going door to door to try and offer you a free roof inspection. They may then offer to work with your insurance company and tell you that you need to replace your roof. Given the size of the hail, this may very well be the case.
Not all roofing companies are created equal. Storm chasers are roofers that come from out of town, often purchase a local phone number, hire local subcontractors, and leave as soon as the insurance claims slow down. They are unreliable, often uninsured, and will not be around if you have a problem with your roof in the future. Another tactic is to try and lock you into a contract on the first inspection. There is no reason to do this other than to hold you hostage when you do your research and figure out they are from out of town.
One technique to find the out of town roofers is to examine their licenses plates. If you see an out of town license plate on your contractors truck, do not continue business with that individual. Always ask for insurance certificates before a company gets on your roof. Check with the Better Business Bureau and other references before agreeing to work with any roofing contractor.