Avoid Storm Chaser Scams

 

Avoid Storm Chaser Scams

Here in the Portland Metro/Columbia County area, severe weather events don’t happen very often, but when they do, it’s important to be prepared. “Storm chasers” will solicit in neighborhoods recently hit by a severe weather event. It’s important to protect yourself and your home to avoid storm chaser scams. There are some occasions during summer and winter months when a strong wind storm or snow event does occur. Will you be prepared for the aftermath? It is important to address any issues right away and if you are not sure if there is any damage to your roof, you should contact a roofing professional for a proper roof inspection. Any damaged areas to your roof that could allow water in will cause major damage to your roofing structure and create mold if not taken care of.

Check in with your insurance company or roofing manufacturer.

Not all storm damage is covered by insurance or warranty from the manufacturer, but you do have options. Contact your insurance company if you can get a partial or full reimbursement. It is important to not make any repairs until the adjuster can come out and properly inspect the damage.

Door-to-Door Sales.

In this industry, and many others, it is not uncommon for a company’s sales strategy to include door-to-door sales. However, people can impersonate local contracting companies or claim they are their own company very easily. Take note if they have business cards, are they wearing company issued clothing and/or driving a company vehicle with the logo on it. These things don’t necessarily prove they are a reputable company, so be sure to do your due diligence by checking reviews and verify their CCB license before hiring.

GAF Master Elite Factory Certified ContractorYou don’t have to sign on the spot.

We stress how important it is to repair the damage as soon as possible. You don’t have to sign on the spot at the first bid you receive. If you need to wait a bit of time for a repair due to scheduling or other reasons, ask the company to temporarily tarp it so you can avoid further damage. In a sense of urgency, this is where the potential scam may happen. In an urgent situation where you may feel vulnerable, you could easily be persuaded to sign a contract. They will then try to collect money and then never return for the repair. Always remember that you have options.

What happens in the long run.

So you hired a contractor to do the repairs. Now what? What if the roof is not repaired properly and the leak continues or comes back? Was it really repaired at all? “Storm Chasers” tend to be from out of your area so it may be difficult or impossible to get a hold of them. In this case, you may have to hire another contractor to redo the work hoping the first repair did not do more harm to your roof.

Get a professional roofing contractor’s opinion and have peace of mind knowing the roof is in good condition. Here at MCE, we offer free evaluations of your roofing and gutter systems. Give MCE a call at (503) 397-2215 or Fill Out Our Free Roofing Consultation Form to schedule a contact-free roof evaluation. We are family owned and operated serving Columbia County, the Portland Metro and surrounding areas with over 25 years of experience.

Angie Holcomb
Author: Angie HolcombIn late 1993, one year after their marriage, Angie and Mark Holcomb decided it was time to follow their dream, and the couple set out to launch their own business. One year later, in 1994, Marks Custom Exteriors was established, one loving couple, one new truck and a passion for their vision. 25 years and many roofs later, MCE has grown to become Portland's premier roofing company and one of the only Nationally Recognized Roofing Companies in the State of Oregon as a GAF Master Elite Contractor. They remain committed to building lasting relationships with their customers through outstanding customer service, expert craftsmanship, and professional behavior and appearance among every member of our team.