The weather in St. Louis is often unpredictable – we haven’t had a heat wave like this since the 1950’s. St. Louisans know that tornadoes and hail are not just exclusive to springtime. Remember the storm that hit in December 2010? For that reason, it is important to be aware that there are those that prey on other people’s misfortune. Frederic Roofing has outlined some red flags to look for in identifying a storm chasing roofer.
· After a storm, reputable contractors won’t likely have the time to go door-to-door offering estimates on your roof’s damage. Storm chasers regularly are the contractors making unexpected visits to your home with the hopes that your convenience will be all they need to get your business. Remember: quality work will be worth the wait for more minor roofing repairs.
· If a contractor requires full payment before a service is given, beware. Contractors that are storm chasers often require money upfront – they may say it is for supplies, repair, cleanup, etc. – and then you will never see them again.
· Out-of-town license plates are also a key indicator that you are dealing with a small storm chaser. With a trustworthy, local contractor you are likely to receive a warranty should a problem arise with your roof. Storm chasers cannot offer that same guarantee.
· Storm chasers often place victims of storm damage in high pressure-sales situations. If you are feeling forced in any way to commit to a contractor, take a step back from the situation and collect your thoughts. An honest St. Louis contractor would never bully a potential customer to get more business.
When the inevitable bad weather rolls through St. Louis, remember that an experienced and reputable St. Louis roofing contractor is the best option for your roofing repair or replacement. Contact Frederic Roofing today for a free estimate for your damaged roof.