Recent Roof Damage? How to avoid being scammed by “Storm Chasers”
What is a “Storm Chaser”
Storm chasers are one of the most common scam artist that one may encounter within the roofing industry. Unfortunately, many homeowners will fall victim to them. A storm chaser is a roofing contractor that travels to a large area immediately following a bad storm in order to pressure the homeowner into a quick contract only to deliver poor work and unprofessional service. They know that these areas will have a large amount of homeowners with damaged roofs and that their insurance companies will pay to have roofing work done.
They use a variety of tactics to find homeowners to exploit. Posing as a legitimate hail damage roofing contractor, they put leaflets in people’s mailboxes or knock on their doors offering to inspect their roof for free. During this inspection, they will often exaggerate the extent of the damage and pressure the homeowner into hiring their services right away.
How Storm Chasers Run Their Scam
Storm chasers receive payment from the insurance company for work done and materials used to replace a roof. The difference between them and a quality Dallas roofing company is that they only do the minimum needed to replace the roof, but don’t perform any other needed repairs and tend to use the cheapest possible materials to perform the work. These roofs tend to last only a few years before needing replacement. As most of these types of contractors are not local you will be unable to reach them at a later time.They use disposable phone numbers and don’t have a fixed office location, making them hard to track down after they move out of an area. Raines Roofing & Construction is a local Dallas/ Ft. Worth roofing contractor who will be around long after these “pop-up” contractors close shop.
Also, many storm chasers lack the necessary licenses or insurance that a roofing contractor needs to operate. When choosing a roofing contractor insist on seeing their licenses before signing any contracts. Any reputable contractor will be more than happy to oblige.
Avoiding Storm Chaser Scams
To avoid getting scammed by storm chasers, don’t hire the first roofing contractor at your front door. You should take the time to look up your options and find a roofing contractor who specializes in hail damage roofing restoration that can restore your roof to its original condition. Raines Roofing & Construction offers you low pressure consultations and won’t require you to sign a contract or make any up front payments. Also don’t be a afraid to get several bids and references from companies that you consider hiring. Finally, be sure to get a written contract before any work begins, which we will be happy to provide you with.
Raines Roofing & Construction is a legitimate Dallas roofing company that has been in business for many years. We are fully licensed and insured, plus take great pride in the quality of our work. If you would like to schedule a no pressure consultation with one of our project managers feel free to contact us night or day 214-734-5482! To learn more check out our FAQ page!