Central Oklahoma is known for getting more than its fair share of damaging weather events, so homeowners here are often the target of “storm chasers” – unscrupulous roofers who prey on those in need of restorative residential roofing services.
How Unethical Storm Chasers Operate
After a major storm wreaks havoc on residential roofs in metro OKC, a wave of door knockers arrive, usually from out of town and often from outside the state. These individuals offer the services of a roofer who’ll perform a “free” inspection. If you answer the door, you need to beware of:
- Anyone asking you to sign a waiver so they can inspect your roof. Never sign a form without reading the fine print because it may bind you to a financial obligation for shoddy or incomplete work by a dishonest roofer.
- High pressure sales tactics and rock-bottom quotes. The person at your door may use all kinds of high-pressure tactics to get you to commit. These can include offering an amazingly low price if you sign a contract right away, or a fake story that the roofer has leftover materials from another job and can save you a bundle, but the deal is only good today.
- Dire warnings about extensive roof damage. If you do let a storm chaser up on your roof, after their “inspection,” they may try to scare you by falsely claiming that it’s badly compromised. They may even present “evidence” like a pile of granules, some broken shingles or photos of another storm damaged roof.
How to Avoid Being Taken In By Storm Chaser Tactics
If you feel pressured by a storm chaser at your door, step back, catch your breath and remember these don’ts:
- Never let a roofer begin work with only a verbal authorization – make sure you have a detailed written contact signed first.
- Don’t pay a contractor the entire agreed amount upfront. A deposit of no more than 1/3 of the total contract price is the accepted standard.
- Never pay in full until the entire job is complete, you receive written supplier and subcontractor lien releases and a final inspection is performed.
- Don’t hire a roofer without checking for a valid State roofing license, receiving current certificate copies for workers’ compensation and general liability insurance, verifying manufacturer certifications and speaking to local references.
For quality residential roofing services from a trusted local company, contact us at Accord Construction.