There are a lot of concerns in this world against which you need to protect your home. When it comes to your roof, the weather is perpetually trying to destroy it, as is climate, and wildlife. Water is forever trying to invade your house, causing leaks, loss of structural integrity, and of course, the cultivation of nasty molds that can possibly even kill you.
Of course, when you see a nasty storm coming, you expect for it to be a serious assault on your house, and you want to shore up your roof against it. However, we suspect that there’s one threat you may not be aware of, and it’s one that is far more insidious even than water damage – storm chasers.
Did you just snicker a little bit, imagining thrillseeking storm chasers climbing onto your roof uninvited to watch a storm? Because we’re betting that’s what has come to your mind. However, any storm chaser of that definition who was to be up on a roof is one without much experience because, quite frankly, they could very likely die up there.
No, we’re referring to a whole different breed of animal altogether when we refer to storm chasers. You’ve probably heard of ambulance chasers, which are lawyers that keep an eye out for accidents, hoping to benefit from one of the victims before other firms can get their hands on the case.
Do you think highly of ambulance chasers? We’re going to bet not; they’re usually not the best lawyers, being so hungry and eager, and the ethics of their tactics aren’t exactly considered the moral high ground.
Well, that’s basically what a storm chaser is except they follow storms in hopes to scam people with roof repairs, rather than legal advice. The thing is, these roofers are not good roofers, quite the contrary.
Just as you expect an ambulance chasing attorney not to be the best defense money can buy, you can count on a storm chaser to be far from adequate at providing excellent roofing services, and often looking to make a fast buck. Today we’re going to give you some advice on how to defend your roof from the storm chasers and how to spot them.
As a reputable, high-quality roofing contractor ourselves, we can’t abide these people scamming hard-working homeowners who are just trying to recover from a natural disaster. You bust your hump in order to afford your home, and unscrutable individuals shouldn’t be allowed to take advantage of this.
Contacting Your Insurance Provider
If you’ve suffered roof damage due to a recent storm, the first thing you should always do is contact your insurance provider. Homeowner’s insurance puts a lot of effort into their coverage policy when it comes to your roof, especially when dealing with acts of God, which is what these disasters qualify as being.
More likely than not, your insurance company will have a list of contractors with whom they work closely, that they feel comfortable recommending for your roofing solution. You should never let some company that makes the effort of contacting you first be the one to whom you default when problems arise.
These insurance companies also often have a list of known, notorious storm chasers, and if one contacts you, you can bring it up with your insurance provider and they’ll tell you whether or not to avoid the individuals in question. Always contact your insurance provider before making any decisions, or discussing money or contracts with any company when it comes to your home.
Obviously, a storm chaser’s goal is to get money from you for minimal effort. There are rarely any other motivations behind this kind of scam, short of money. One of the best ways to protect yourself is to keep your wallet in your pocket. Don’t write any checks or hand over any money to anyone without discussing it with your insurance company and doing your due diligence with the contractor proposing the job.
Storm chasers are very aggressive and pushy. They will try to get you to sign something, pay a deposit, pay in advance, or a per diem, or a number of other tactics that seem professional and perfectly all right. However, they will leave you sorely missing the money and having nothing to show for it but a still damaged roof, possibly damaged worse by any attempts they do make repairs.
Is It Too Good to be True? Yes!
They will often make outlandish promises and guarantees as part of an effort to get you to hand over some initial money, or sign some binding contract that can ultimately take you to the cleaners. Pay attention to what they say, because if it sounds too good to be true, it absolutely is.
As a reputable, well-respected roofing contractor ourselves, we’re the first ones to tell potential customers of the pitfalls of any project, rather than making outlandish promises of free roofs, or other such things. Beware the honey drippers; the bees aren’t far behind.
You can learn a lot about a company by their location. Given that storm chasers are always moving around, they never have very professional, permanent office locations in an area. They only have a postage location, or they have a very obviously temporarily rented office. Expect them to be full of it.
We want to take a moment to point out that not all storm chasers are scam artists. Some of them are just hard-working people that do follow around the weather because they go where the business is. However, in the case of these honest, skilled people, their transient nature means that they seldom have the resources to complete repairs to your home correctly, and your insurance is highly unlikely to approve.
If you talk to your insurance company about us, you can count on them recommending us 100%, because we have decades of experience repairing roofs, and our quality is unmatched. Don’t fall for a storm chaser, fill out our contact form today – we will undo the damage the storm did, and restore your house to looking like new.