The first few hours after a storm passes your area are perhaps some of the most difficult moments you may have to deal with. In addition to making sure your family is safe, you also have to ensure both insurance claims and storm damage restoration are completed as soon as possible. In this blog, we discuss a common roofing scam: storm chasers.
How to Spot Storm Chasers
Storm chasers are individuals who present themselves as roof repair contractors. They chase after storms, and offer their roofing “services” to the victims. They prey on unwitting homeowners who desperately need shelter by offering very low repair costs. These services are paid in cash, done quickly and without proper paperwork.
These storm chasers won’t have any state- or city-issued license and insurance, or will present fake credentials when asked. Downed Internet lines may also work in their favor, as it hinders online background checks. Those who can still go online are unlikely to find online reviews or listings with the Better Business Bureau. The phone numbers on their business cards will also likely be unreachable if you need to follow up on their roofing work.
Why You Should Avoid Storm Chasers
No matter how dire the situation is, you should leave roof repair to professionals. The reason storm chasers seem to quickly fix a roof is because they don’t fix it at all. The “repairs” are actually just done on the surface, which gives the victim a false sense of security. The hapless homeowner would then discover the scam long after the scammers have left.
There are also other risks, such as lack of insurance, fake warranty coverage and noncompliance with building codes. Ultimately, whatever money you save upfront will be spent on hiring professionals to correct whatever they’ve done. If your roof is still within warranty, any unauthorized roofing work – such as those conducted by storm chasers – can be reason enough to void your warranty coverage.
Avoid storm chasers. King Roofing, LLC has the expertise to restore your roofing to its original state. We can also help you with the claims process. To learn more, call us today at (903) 218-8777. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free no obligation quote. We serve Palestine, TX, and surrounding areas in Texas.