Storms often leave roof damage and other destruction in their wake, but the real damage can come after the storm has ended. Too many people across the U.S. fall victim to fake, low quality and often dishonest roofing contractors that prey on storm-ridden neighborhoods. These scams costs homeowners time, money and in the worst case scenarios, they can leave a roof even more damaged than before.
If a storm has recently passed through your area, don’t fall victim to these scams. Make sure you only work with qualified roofing contractors.
Beware of Storm Chasers
After a storm has passed, you may see a lot of roofing companies in your area. They will be responding to calls from homeowners who will be looking to get estimates on damage to their home. However, there are often low quality, and sometimes fake, roofing companies that prowl these areas looking for people to trick into paying them for their “services.” These storm chasers are not local roofing companies, and they often occupy temporary addresses in your town to make themselves appear local. Some even go as far to purchase older company names so as to appear like they’ve been in the industry for years.
Chasing storms is big business. Today’s technology has made it possible for people to locate storms, gauge the magnitude of the storm and pinpoint the size of the homes affected. Because of all this, it is even more important to verify who you are talking to.
How Can You Tell the Real Deal?
Remember that you can always ask for proof and evidence that they are local. See if the company:
- Has a valid MN Driver’s License or ID
- Knows members of the community
- Seems to generally know the area
You can look up the company to see if they are a part of the Mid-Minnesota Builders Association or another local exteriors/contractors group. Finally, ask for their license number. Any and all of these things can help you verify if the person you are speaking with is from a legitimate company.
What to Do if You Suspect Foul Play
If you suspect that you are dealing with a scammer, simply decline their offer and ask them to leave. If you think you have hail damage and need an estimate, do your own research and contact a trusted and local company in your area.
Never allow anyone on your roof unless you completely trust them. Remember, it is your insurance company that makes the determination if your roof, siding, windows or gutters will need replacing, not the contractor. Contractors can only point out what they see as damage.
Locally Owned and Family Run
Our team here at Schmidt Roofing grew up here, started our business here and still has family here. We have over 25 years of experience in exterior work. When it comes to storm restoration, we are at the top of our class. We know what to look for, and how to guide you through the insurance process. Exteriors are our passion, we take pride in the work we do for you and our community.
Your home is as important to us as it is to you. If you have experienced, or think you may have experienced, any damage to your home, please consider the local team at Schmidt Roofing for your expert opinion. Contact us today for a free estimate.