Storm Chasers: How to Spot and Avoid Them

Apr 28, 2020 | Roofing

You should always have your roof checked following a weather event because not all signs of storm damage are obvious. Make sure to address roofing issues immediately to keep your home safe, secure and comfortable. However, you should be wary of the people you hire after your area has experienced weather extremes.

Keep on reading for tips on how to spot and avoid storm chasers.

How to Spot Storm Chasers

If someone knocks on your door and claims your roof is in bad shape but says they aren’t from your area, consider this as a red flag. Storm chasers may claim that they are partnering with a local company so you won’t be suspicious. You’ll also want to avoid a contractor who is requesting you to sign an Assignment of Benefits (AOB). Doing so will hand over all your insurance policy rights to recoup costs. A good roofer will not ask you to turn over your rights for them to use.

When a contractor is offering you something that’s too good to be true, then it probably is. Some storm chasers offer to pay your insurance deductible for you or claim to give you a cashback incentive. Keep in mind that these practices are not legal and are simply encourage homeowners to sign with scammers as fast as possible.

Moreover, a reputable roofing contractor will not rush you into signing a contract. They will be understanding and will not pressure you into anything. If a contractor says you need to sign right away, you should think twice about hiring them.

Tips for Avoiding Storm Chasers

Don’t Agree With Large Upfront Payments

Reputable roofing contractors don’t usually ask for large upfront payments. Many contractors will inspect your roof for free and won’t ask for payment until the work is complete. A roofer who is requesting for a massive payment is probably a scammer.

Don’t Hire the First Contractor that Knocks on Your Door

Experienced, professional roofers don’t usually suddenly appear on your doorstep and say your roof has issues. They are busy, especially if a storm has hit your area and many homes have been affected. You should avoid entertaining “knock on door” contractors who say you need roof repairs.

Know and Understand Your Roof

The more you know about your roof, the better you can take care of it. When the conditions are safe, go outside and check your roof from the ground. See if there are loose or missing shingles, or if any debris landed on your roof. When you know the different parts of your roof and which areas are more vulnerable to the elements, then you’ll know if your system needs repair or not.

Regular maintenance is essential in keeping your roof in good shape. If you routinely have your roof inspected and maintained, then you likely already have a go-to contractor. A good roofer will also educate you on the best ways to extend the life of your roof.

Hire a Local Roofing Company

A local roofing company has likely worked with someone you know in the past. Choose a roofer with years of experience in your area. You can ask your friends, family, and neighbors for professionals they can recommend. You can do a quick research online and read reviews. Storm chasers are usually out of town so no one in your area knows them.

At Turner Home Improvement, our residential and commercial roofing specialists are here to help with your storm damage needs. Our team specializes in new roof installation, roof repair, roof replacement, and more. Call us at (860) 633-1400 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. We work with homeowners in CT.