Buyer beware of roofing repairs, storm damage is cause for concern

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

Damage left behind from severe weather this past weekend is causing a flurry of its own.

Roofing contractors are scouting storm-ravaged neighborhoods, going door to door offering estimates and repairs.

Residents in the Winding Brook subdivision say they've been inundated with contractors knocking on their doors and leaving flyers.

The Better Business Bureau warns a contractor coming to you to solicit business should be your first red flag. Experts say this time of year, most reputable local contractors are too busy working to go door to door.

A second tell tale sign that something’s wrong? If they ask for payment in cash or check up front.

“They’ll say, 'if you give me cash, we’ll be able to get the materials quicker.' That’s a no-no. Once they get your cash and leave for the materials they never return,” Dreama Jensen, with the Better Business Bureau warns.

Jensen says get two or three estimates before you settle with a contractor, and check them out before you let them on your roof.

The BBB has had reports of crooked contractors actually causing damage once they've gained access to a roof, leaving the homeowner to pay for repairs they didn’t need in the first place.

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