Following a disastrous storm, many roofs scams spring up in order to exploit desperate building owners who are looking to get their roofs fixed ASAP. There have been numerous cases of roofing scams that take place, especially after a severe storm.
Storm chasers are organizations that visit areas that have been seriously affected by the weather, complete home repairs (roofs and sliding in general) that are damaged by wind and hail.
They then collect the property owner’s insurance claim checks in payment for their services, get the work done (often poorly) before moving onto their next victim. These roofers usually go door-to-door and may advertise themselves as insurance recovery specialists or experts in insurance restoration.
Tips for Protecting Yourself Against the Likelihood of Contractor Scam
- Beware of any door-to-door fliers, contracts, or advertising blitzes for “free” repairs.
- Only hire roofers who are insured, qualified, and reputable in the market.
- Acquire all information in a written form. These include their phone number, address, and preferably a website. For validity, you can check the information by performing a quick Google search.
- Do your research and ask for references.
- Never provide full payment before the work has begun. Also, make sure to have a contract stating exactly what the contractor will be accomplishing.
Dealing with a storm damaged roof is never fun but ensuring you choose the best commercial roofing contractor can make the roof repair or replacement process a lot easier. When it comes to hiring a commercial roofer you want someone you can trust and someone who will be there long after the storm has passed. The best outcome would be finding a commercial roofer who you can build a long-term relationship with not just someone who will fix it and forget it.