As a rule, you should have your roof and exterior inspected after a storm or extreme weather event. No matter how durable your roof is, it’s likely to have sustained some form of damage. Before hiring a storm damage restoration services contractor, you should vet them. And in addition to doing your research on a contractor’s basic qualifications for contractors (namely, a state license and worker’s insurance), it’s important for homeowners to know about common roofing scams, like storm chasers.
Here are some tips on how to spot and avoid storm chasers:
How to Spot a Storm Chaser
As the name suggests, storm chasers target neighborhoods that were recently hit by storms.
They’ll knock on your door, offering repairs for a discounted price. (This is already a big red flag because no professional contractor would go door-to-door to offer their roofing services.) However, since they’re more concerned with doing as many repairs as possible than fixing your roof properly, the quality of their work is often subpar.
Avoiding Storm Chasers
As mentioned earlier, you should never hire a roofer without vetting them first. Here are some vetting tips to help you quickly find roofer that can meet your needs:
- Hire local – To quickly narrow down your options, limit your search to residential roofing contractors near your area. Hiring local has several advantages. For starters, local contractors are known for their personalized service. And since they’re familiar with the local climate and building codes, they can make better recommendations.
- Ask how long they’ve been in business – The number of years a roofer has been working in the industry should give you a good idea of their level of expertise.
Looking for residential roofing contractors near me? Elevated Roofing LLC, a family-owned company with over a decade of experience, offers a wide range of professional roofing services. To schedule a free roof inspection, call us at (205) 537-9754 or fill out this form.