Every year spring storms bring hail and wind damage to the Midlothian and Dallas-Ft. Worth metro area and surrounding counties. As the storm season quickly approaches, here are some thoughts and advice to better prepare you for what you may have to deal with.
Beware of “Door to Door” Roofing Companies
Dealing with property damage is stressful and time-consuming. On top of that, roofing contractors canvassing your neighborhood, ringing your doorbell during dinner, handing out cards, putting up signs, and using high-pressure tactics to get you signed up before the next guy knocks on your door can really wear on you. Many of these roofers show up the day after a Midlothian storm from another state and work from a motel room.
Call Your Insurance Company and a Reputable Roofing Contractor
First of all, if you believe your home or office has sustained wind or hail damage, call your insurance company immediately to file a claim. Then for peace of mind and a second opinion, call a reputable roofing contractor out to inspect for damage. Even better, have your roofing contractor meet your insurance adjuster on site to go over the claim together. Two sets of eyes are always better than one when inspecting for damage.
Verify Your Roofing Company
If you choose to move forward with a contractor who has knocked on your door, do a little homework on them before signing an insurance authorization or contract. Verify their identity, verify their address and phone number, and visit their website. It is always best to do business with a local roofing contractor in the event there are any warranty issues in the future. You want to know they will be around if and when you need them and not in some other state chasing the latest hail storm.
Here are a few other tips to consider:
- Do business with a roofing contractor with proven successful results such as references or a completed project list.
- Don’t hesitate to ask your roofer for proof of insurance. Make sure the coverage dates are in effect.
- Call the Better Business Bureau to check for possible complaints against the contractor.
- Insist on obtaining a written proposal or contract before starting and review it for a complete description of the work to be done including the manufacturer and type of material being used, payment procedures, and estimated beginning and completion days.
- Ask the contractor to explain the project quality and supervision he will be using. Get the name and phone number of the individual directly coordinating your service.
- Select a roofing company who is committed to procedure knowledge and safety. The best project contractor or project manager is only as good as the team he leads to complete the roof repair or installation.
- The lowest offer is oftentimes too good to be true. It’s good to be wary of companies that offer super low-balling prices for roof repairs and installations. Often, they can offer the lowest prices because their workers cannot offer the best quality work and are often uninsured. When it comes to your home, safety and workmanship should come as a priority.
For roof repair or replacement, call Elite Roofing and Consulting for your free estimate today!