What are storm chasers?
No, we’re not talking about the storm chasers who go hunting for tornadoes. We’re talking about contractors who follow severe weather across the country knocking on doors to solicit roofing repair or replacement services to those whose homes may have suffered wind or hail damage. These nomadic scammers go from one storm site to the next collecting insurance claim benefits for their shady, sub-par services.
When a homeowner takes the bait, the storm chaser will ask the homeowner to sign a contract that will allow the storm chaser to deal with the homeowner’s insurance company directly. In many cases, the homeowner unknowingly signs away any rights they have regarding the services done to their roofs, such as being able to choose the roofing materials that will be used. Many of the storm chasers take shortcuts when performing the repairs resulting in sub-standard or unfinished work. Plus, since these roofing companies are long gone after they finish the work, there are no warranties for their services should an issue arise.
But homeowners aren’t the only victims of storm chasers. Their shoddy business model also takes business away from local contractors. They also take money away from local economies; money that could be used to pay wages, support local businesses, and provide taxes for schools and infrastructure. If you need roofing services in central North Carolina, you should rely on a dependable company such as On Tops Roofing.
How do I spot a storm chaser?
Storm chasers usually:
- come to your door and try to get you to sign a contract immediately
- offer you a free roof or offer a way around paying your deductible (this is insurance fraud.)
- use high-pressure tactics
- do not have recent, local references
- do not have local vendor references
- driver’s licenses or license plates are out-of-state.
- do not have proof of manufacturer certifications
- are unable to produce a certificate of insurance
- are usually unlisted, have unsatisfactory ratings or have complaints filed against them with the Better Business Bureau.