What are storm chasers? While many people are aware of the dangers of hiring one, many homeowners still fall victim to storm chasers and discover that they’ve been duped a little too late. As one of the legitimate local roofers that serve homeowners in Phoenix and nearby areas, we can tell you more about storm chasers and how you can protect yourself from getting scammed. Scammers who exploit homeowners like this usually aren’t too difficult to identify.
To avoid storm chaser scams, there are a few tips you could really use so you are prepared to deal with damage and fix your home. It helps to know what are storm chasers, and some common characteristics of them such as offering free roof inspections and cheap roof repairs immediately after severe weather, widely distributing flyers, and not having a location or being recognized by locals as a business. Working with local professional roofing companies is the safest way to avoid a scam, and Stapleton Roofing is here to offer to start a lifelong roofing contractor relationship with you today.
What Are Storm Chasers?
Once you’ve learned what are storm chasers, knowing how to avoid storm chaser scams will be much easier for you as a homeowner. Storm chasers are roofers that travel around the country, following the path of storms and looking for unsuspecting homeowners to deceive. Right after a storm hits the area, they go around knocking on doors, often passing out leaflets, and may even be offering free roof inspections in the process.
The Importance of Knowing how to Avoid Storm Chasers
Homeowners with homes that have sustained significant damage are the most vulnerable. Under all the stress and with the storm chasers’ goading, some homeowners accept the first offer of roofing assistance available. Scammers who exploit homeowners usually target those who deal with sudden, unexpected, severe weather.
The problem with storm chasers is that, while they sound like they offer reasonable roof repair costs, their roofing work is substandard and unlikely to last. By the time the victim realizes this, the storm chaser would have moved on to their next target area. As they do not have a real license or insurance, there are no guarantees or warranties covering the quality of their job.
We understand that the need for roof repair after serious damage may be very urgent. Yet we highly encourage you, for the sake of your best future interests, that you at least take a little time to go through this simple process: do your research, ask questions, check your contractor’s qualifications, and find the help you need to get a reliable roofing crew. If you rush through this and just try to get a new roof on your home as quickly and cheaply as possible, you could even run into a more catastrophic roof failure the next time severe weather or a storm rolls around.
Recognizing a Real Roofer from a Storm Chaser
How can you tell the difference between a storm chaser and a legitimate roofing company? A couple of good ways to verify a legitimate company are to research any client feedback you can find about the roofer (especially from local clients), to research the license and insurance of the company by finding out what insurance company they work with and what coverage they have in case you need to make an insurance claim, and seeing if the company is recognized as a business.
Better Business Bureau Recognition
Legitimate roofing companies like us have a physical location and are recognized by the Better Business Bureau®. Working with local professional roofers means you can provide roofing feedback and hold your contractor accountable for their quality of work. Local recognition not only points out the businesses that are legitimate, it also points out the communities they operate in most often. You may even ask around an area once you find out where a contractor has done a roofing job and check out what local clients think of the job and what the process was like for them.
Local Customer Reviews
You can also see feedback other clients have given the company, and visit their location or meet their team to see that they truly exist. Storm chasers don’t have any of these, so there would be no chances of filing a complaint for their substandard work. Many people may want to see client reviews and testimonials from a company before they hire them to take on a serious job like roofing. This information about a roofing crew should always be easy to find.
Insured by a real Insurance Company
Why is it so important that a contractor be insured? Insurance companies won’t work with a roofer who isn’t licensed and qualified to be doing roofing work on people’s homes. Roofers must have general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance as a bare minimum in case someone should need to make an insurance claim in the course of a project. You can find out if a contractor has insurance with a valid insurance company in order to be sure if they are qualified to be doing roofing. You can ask the roofing contractor what insurance company they work with, and research that company to verify that it is one of the valid insurance companies roofing contractors commonly use.
A storm chaser will often try to persuade you to choose them by offering to pay your insurance deductible, but this is also a scam you should avoid. A normal roofing company won’t do this, and will simply be responsible for their own insurance. Unfortunately, storm chasers usually have a good knowledge of insurance companies and how to use promises about insurance and policies to be very persuasive. They may try hard to persuade you that working with their company would be advantageous for you. They may make some promising or even extreme-sounding offers regarding insurance and costs. Usually, if a deal like this sounds too good to be true, that probably means that it is a scam. If one of these scammers shows up at your door offering to pay you for insurance if you let them do a new roof on your home, turn them away!
Voiding a Warranty
The worst part is that their “repairs” would leave your home more vulnerable. Their work may also void your roofing warranty and affect your insurance. Make sure you take steps to avoid storm chasers and determine whether or not your contractors are reputable before you hire the company to work on your roof. You don’t want to void your roofing warranty because you trusted a sketchy contractor who came to knock on your door just to take advantage of you and make a quick buck and leave you with work done poorly. Be aware of any contract you have with your current roofing company, and how a contract with another new company might effect your warranty.
Working With Local Professional Roofers
You may have faced storm chasers before who came offering free roof inspections or cheap repairs after a storm occurred in your community. If you are tired of scammers who exploit homeowners and want a trustworthy roofing company to rely on, getting insight from neighbors and finding local companies is a great first step. Get in contact with those in the community who have had roof work done on their home after a storm or after experiencing damage from excessive weather in your area.
Long Term Roof Repair
Working with local professional roofing companies provides every advantage when it comes to helping you recover from storm damage. We use the best materials and have a skilled team that can recognize apparent and potential roofing problems, and apply the appropriate fixes. We always offer long-term solutions, never temporary fixes. Contractors like us always have a good, trustworthy crew who get the job done on time and to a fantastic standard. You can make sure that you get the job done on your roof and home that meets or exceeds what you pay for, and that you would feel confident to hire again on another project whenever the need arises.
Having a great roofing contractor to repair your home and roof after a storm properly is so important. For one thing, they will be there for you in the future when you need other work completed on your roof. For another, they will be accountable to the guarantees they make about their standard of work, the timing project they complete, how long it will last and be under warranty, and anything else you could need. A good contractor is not afraid to be held to their word, and they will not make you any promise that they won’t be able to back up and be bound to.
Properly Licensed and Insured
We also have the proper licenses and insurance as well as warranties for both the materials and workmanship. This gives you the peace of mind knowing that, when the next storm comes around, you know your roof will protect your home. Working with local professional roofing contractors gives you the quality roofing service you need, whether its urgent or not, and a life-long relationship with a roofing company that will be there for you any time you need help with your roof, even years down the road, backing up their promises of quality work with warranties and good communication with each client in the process.
Documentation of a Job Well Done
Finally, we can also provide complete and accurate documentation of the roofing damage to your insurance adjuster, which helps you get the payout you deserve. No more scammers who exploit homeowners and go offering free roof inspections paired with sloppy roofing service. Turn to the experts in your community who are trusted by Arizona residents and have generations of experience to back them up.
We are proud of every job we do, and we want others to be able to see the work and the standard we hold ourselves to. That includes the work we do for your home and roof! Every new client is a new chance to demonstrate the excellence that we are all about. We are here so you can contact us and get an estimate right away. Turn to Stapleton Roofing!
Stapleton: A Reputable Arizona Roofing Company
To learn more about our roof replacement, repair and maintenance services, call Stapleton Roofing today at (602) 562-4991 and (602) 833-7663. You can also make sure to fill out our contact form to contact us and schedule a free estimate. We serve many areas in and near Peoria, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, AZ. If you or a neighbor has experienced storm damage and needs quick repair on your home, we are here for you now and for years an years. Don’t let roofing scammers take advantage of you and your critical roofing situation! Turn to a reputable company you can trust like Stapleton.
Stapleton Roofing is committed to excellence in roofing. Our team has seen generations of quality roofing projects completed, satisfied customers throughout Arizona, and a lasting relationship with the community we have served for so many years. Clients know they can trust the expert crew at Stapleton Roofing with any project, whether it be roof repair, roof replacement, roof maintenance, new roof installation and construction, roof inspection, roof consultation and recommendation, or any other home improvement task we tackle. They often turn to us knowing we have the discipline to complete each project on time, the mastery to attain excellence, the expertise to provide great insight, the accessibility to top-quality products, and the relational credibility to build respectful, friendly, reliable partnerships with them.
If you or someone you know is ready to experience service from the team that has raised the bar in roofing industry excellence, reach out to us for an estimate. Serving customers in Arizona with all their roofing solutions is one of our specialties, and we are ready to meet you wherever you at with your roof or home. If you have questions, we’re here to answer them, and if you have a need, we are here to hear it and fulfill that need with our roofing services. If you are ready to begin a great partnership, don’t hesitate! Call or contact Stapleton Roofing today and get an estimate!
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