Just about every homeowner who has experienced storm damage in central Florida can tell you how terrible it is. Weathering storms can be a scary ordeal, and damage to your home is something no one wants to deal with. To make matters worse, heavy storms also seem to bring scam artists out of the woodwork. We here at Nations Roofing would hate to see anyone get taken for a ride by these unsavory characters. In an effort to help you avoid being swindled, today we take a look at how you can identify and avoid scam artists looking to make a quick and dirty buck.
Where's Your License?
Never, and we mean never, hire a roofing contractor who is not licensed and insured. Always ask for a copy of their most recent Certificate of Insurance and review this document to ensure that it provides enough coverage if claims are made or other issues occur.
Can I Quote You on That?
All roofs are different. While some may appear fairly similar, every roof has its own unique characteristics and idiosyncrasies. A reputable roofer would not dare to give you a quote for fixing storm damage without thoroughly inspecting it and analyzing it first. If you are contacted by someone who tells you that they can provide you an accurate quote without physically inspecting your roof first, chances are they intend to try and raise their prices during, or after, the job is finished.
For the Record...
Professional roofing companies will always recognize that safety is paramount. Reputable companies like ours will be happy to provide you with documentation relating to our Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) records. Companies like ours also provide routine safety training to our employees. Don't be afraid to ask a potential contractor about what kind of training they provide to their employees and how often they provide it.
Talk to Me
The two most common complaints roofing contractors receive is that they don't communicate well or enough and they don't hold themselves accountable when mistakes are made. A good contractor will tell you without ambiguity when unexpected issues arise. They will also be physically present on the site of the work being done at all times or, at least part of the time, if they have enough subordinates to serve as site supervisors. Beware the contractor who you never see at your house when work is being completed.
Can You Do the Job Now?
A dishonorable contractor may tell you that they can finish the job in a timely manner, but subsequently lack the time, materials, and workers to do so. A quick Internet search will certainly yield testimonials from past clients. Be careful if you see any reviews that mention taking a lot longer than expected to finish the job. It's a good idea to state in no uncertain terms that you want the work to your house finished by a certain date, and insist that this date be placed into your contract. The last thing you want is to hire a contractor who can't complete their work on time.
Find the right roofing contractor
Finding the right contractor after a storm can be stressful. The process can be even more stressful if you don't find the right contractor and end up hiring a scam artist. By doing a bit of research and asking the right questions, you can avoid disaster and hire the right company for the job.
If you're looking for a solid and dependable roofing company, look no further than Nations Roofing. Give us a call today at (813) 485-4440 and let us know what we can do for you!