Tennessee homeowners may be used to the occasional storm, but the process of roof repair or restoration in its aftermath can still be stressful and daunting. You should consider working with a local roofing expert for this reason – but how exactly do you know they’re reliable and not just some storm chaser? Here’s how to identify and avoid storm chasers.
- They just show up randomly. Knocking on a homeowner’s door after a major weather event isn’t exactly the style of reliable roofing contractors. They’ll be out doing their jobs and won’t have time driving around the neighborhood checking your roof for possible issues. Those who do are usually storm chasers, and they’ll be on your door offering cheap repair work. End the conversation quickly, close the door, and you’ll be fine. Take them up on their offer, and you’ll find yourself paying to correct the sloppy work they’ve done. And, by then, they’ll be off riding into the sunset with your money.
- They ask you to pay a large amount upfront. That’s already a huge red flag. Dependable local roofing companies may offer a free inspection or estimate, and they’ll only charge you once they’ve completed the work you wanted done. On the other hand, contractors who seem all too eager for the full payout (when they haven’t even lifted so much as a hammer yet) are most likely storm chasers.
- They are vague about their background and experience. The fact is that most storm chasers come from out of town, so people wouldn’t know them. This also makes their eventual escape simpler. If you have a feeling you’re talking to one, make sure to ask them plenty of questions about their background and expertise. Look them up online, and check if they have all the necessary credentials. If the results come up nada, well, you know what to do.
Aside from new construction, Ritco Group can also handle your roof repair and replacement needs. We’ll make sure your roofing system remains in tip-top shape all year round with our exceptional solutions. Call us today at (931) 381-0175, or fill out this contact form to schedule your roof evaluation. We proudly serve the areas in and around Columbia, Franklin and Brentwood, TN.