Finding the right roofing contractor following a storm can be challenging, especially if your roof suffered severe damage and requires an immediate repair or replacement. The urgency of the problem might make you feel impatient, but it is never a good idea to hire the first person you see. Most likely, this individual is a “storm chaser,” a roofer whose objective is to go door-to-door and offer inspections and repairs for free or even low rates, but leave with substandard roofing work—and your money.
Read on as we provide tips to help you avoid getting scammed by storm chasers.
Search the Potential Storm Chaser on the Internet
Standard procedures involve you calling the roofer to schedule an in-home consultation or a free inspection. However, if someone knocks on your door and begins offering their roofing services, be sure to ask for their company name. Check if they arrived on a truck and wearing uniforms complete with the company logo. Do a quick Google search to find out if they have a website or social media. If they aren’t as reliable as they claim to be or are lacking any online presence, decline their offer politely.
Avoid Those Who Ask for Large Upfront Payments
Reputable roof repair contractors will never ask for upfront payments. Some, in fact, won’t ask for a check until the job is completed. If a roofer knocks on your door, offers their services, and asks for a large upfront payment to get the job started, it is likely a scam and you need to avoid them.
Check Your Roof and Its Condition
Keeping yourself updated on your roof’s condition is another way to avoid getting scammed by a storm chaser. Once it is safe to step outside, use your binoculars and take note of any form of roof damage including torn or missing shingles. Performing a visual inspection following a storm helps determine if your roof needs repair or replacement.
Pechacek’s General Contracting, Roofing & Siding is the leading contractor for your roofing and gutter installation needs. Call us today at (715) 425-9801 to get started. You may also fill out our contact form to request an estimate. We serve Hudson and River Falls, WI.