• Avoid The ‘Storm Chaser’ Roofers

  • storm damaged roofA storm has just blown through your neighborhood and now you’re wondering, “did my roof suffer any damage?” In addition to wondering that, you can rest assured that there will be individuals in your neighborhood that will claim to be roofing professionals who will want to inspect your roof and give you an estimate for repairs. Use caution and don’t give into the ease of working with someone who showed up on your doorstep following a storm.

    If you own your home, chances are you have homeowner’s insurance and if that’s the case you will want to contact your insurance agent to see if you have a valid claim for any roof damage. You will also want to look for a roofing professional in your area that has been in business for a while, has credentials, can offer you references and has a presence in the community.

    Many homeowners, who have been faced with the horrors of surviving a storm, will want to take the easiest route toward getting their home repaired and a “storm chaser roofer” understands that and preys on that fact.

    Regardless of when you need a roof project complete, here are some questions you should be asking a potential roofing contractor in Florida:

    • The number one is to have a healthy dose of skepticism with a roofer that knocks on your door following a storm. That is not to say that legitimate roofers will not be offering their services in the same manner, but if he is legitimate he will offer you references and will also not pressure you to make an immediate decision.
    • Ask the contractor for a business license, many areas across the country require contractors to be licensed.
    • Ask for proof of insurance and workers’ compensation insurance.
    • Ask for references from former clients with whom they have recently worked. Gather phone numbers and contact them.
    • Do an internet search to see if there are any Better Business complaints on file.
    • Check out the contractor’s website and read the “about me” and their history.
    • Are they a member of a local Chamber of Commerce or other business group?
    • A professional roofer will understand that you will need to check with your insurance agent prior to making any commitments on a potential roofing project.

    Because your roof is the single biggest protection you have between the weather and yourself and your personal belongings, you need to hire a roofing professional once you’ve done your homework.