Jun 20, 2012
1. If someone rings your doorbell regarding your roof or hail damage, ask to see their city permit. Don't listen to their spiel, let them inspect or do anything else before you see their city permit. No permit? Close the door. Scammers frequently work door to door and do not have a permit.
2. Call your insurance company. They deal with reputable roofers who don't have to ring doorbells for business. Do not hire anyone or sign anything without speaking first with your insurance company.
3. Get references from friends, family, neighbors, or Realtors. Guys looking to make a quick buck will promise you anything. When they don't deliver, you end up stuck. Either they'll take your money and not complete the work or you'll find out they didn't do it right months later when the water is pouring in your house.
4. Research the roofing company before you hire them. Legitimate roofers are online. Google their name and find out about them. If you can't find any reference to them online, don't hire them. Beware of the guy who tells you he operates on a shoestring budget so he can pass the savings on to you. It often means he is hiring unqualified, uninsured labor and using substandard material. [where: 75230]