Property damage is the last thing that anyone wants after a storm; that is, except for roofers. After a big storm hits, you will start to notice roofers flocking in your area. Some of these roofers have the purest of intentions, only seeking to meet your needs; however, a large number of them present a helpful front while actually intending to scam you in order to grow their business.
What Is A Gypsy Roofer?
- Gypsy roofers, also known as storm-chasers, are roofers who travel around a large area following potential weather damage wherever it may lead. They market themselves as successful, well-known roofing companies but only show up after weather damage has affected your area. They are not motivated to truly help their clients, but rather, are looking to exploit vulnerable homeowners.
After a storm hits it is easy to get caught up in surveying your property for damages and filing claims and lose sight of those around you with less than noble intentions. Here are some tips to ensure that you are not taken advantage of by your roofer:
- If you think that you have roof damage, file a claim with your insurance company right away.
- Seek out at least 3 estimates from 3 different roofing companies to ensure you are being charged fairly.
- Look for local roofers with client references, in order to avoid gypsy roofers or other roofing scammers.
- Do not pay any more than 10% upfront.
- Consider hiring an independent inspector to come look for property damages – this ensures you are getting an unbiased third-party opinion.
Roof damage is no small thing, and we want to ensure that you are put in the right position when looking for trustworthy roofers. As always, if you have questions or concerns with your roofing needs, do not hesitate to contact us!