Most people know storm chasers from the crazy TV shows where scientists and thrill seekers drive into the eye of a tornado or the thick of a storm either for an adrenaline rush or a scientific discovery. However, there is a subset of storm chasers that are known for scamming homeowners through their roofs.
What is a Storm Chaser?
A home roofing storm chaser is usually a contractor that follows severe storms and disasters with the hopes of performing a lot of repair work and very quickly. They are always on the lookout for severe weather, from hail storms to tornados. Once the storm has passed they go through the affected neighborhoods and aggressively try to drum up business by offering to do the work at little to no cost to the homeowner.
You might be wondering how this is possible, but they do it by encouraging homeowners to use their home insurance policies. Then they complete their “repair work” and in record time the roof begins to fail again. In the worst cases, these storm chasers will even take the money and run without completing any work.
How to Protect Yourself
To avoid being taken advantage of by these storm chasers, ask yourself these questions:
- Does this seem too good to be true? As we know from past experiences and other stories, if it seems too good to be true, it usually is. Don’t let the “deal of a lifetime” blind you to the truth.
- Can you trust these contractors? Ask to see their licenses and certifications, and check with your neighbors in the surrounding area to see if anyone else has worked with them.
- Will their work be covered by a warranty? If not, that likely means that the company does not stand behind the work they are completing.
For a roofing company you can trust, call Fairfield County Exteriors. We are licensed, certified and have plenty of reviews to verify the work we do. Call us today or visit our website for more information on our services!