“Storm chaser” is a term used to describe a roofing contractor who tries to scam their way into making homeowners believe they’re the real deal. They appear right after the area is hit by severe weather and they usually target the more desperate homeowners who just want their homes repaired immediately.
Storm chasers do whatever it takes to make a profit, which often means doing poor-quality repairs, or hardly any repair at all. So, what should you look for in spotting a storm chaser and how can you avoid them? Here’s what you need to know.
Know Your Own Roof Condition First
It’s important to know for yourself how badly your roof was damaged after a severe storm. Determining the exact extent of your roof’s damage can give you a clearer idea of whether you actually need immediate repairs, and how much you actually need to spend. Doing this also helps to check whether the contractor you’ve hired is giving an honest estimate or is trying to scam you to pay more.
Avoid “Knock on Door” Roofers
Remember, a professional roofer doesn’t necessarily go around a local neighborhood and knock on each of the homeowner’s doors to talk about what roof damages their homes may have sustained from the storm. If you’re in a similar situation, turn down anything they may offer right away. Chances are, they’re storm chasers looking for a quick way to make a profit.
Check Their Qualifications and Business Licenses
If you have any doubts on a roofing contractor that you plan on hiring, check if they can prove their legitimacy. Any professional roofing company can provide proof that they’re qualified for the business. You can also check online if the company is legitimate through the Better Business Bureau website.
Prefer Local Contractors
A locally trusted contractor is still the safest bet when you need your roof fixed. Not only are they professionally reliable, but they’re very knowledgeable in the local area as well. You know that the local contractors are great in their job if they already built a reputation with the local community that’s good enough to be referred to for repairs.
Adams Roofing Professionals, Inc is the name you can rely on for exceptional quality roof repair. We take pride in offering only the best services that value security and protection for your home. Give us a call today at (847) 364-7663 for a free estimate. You can also contact us by filling out our online form.