• Jennifer Makely

Storm Season

It’s Spring at last! Unfortunately, along with the warmer temperatures come some volatile weather. Hail storms, thunderstorms, and high winds that can take a toll on your roof.

Along with these storms come the “Storm-Chasers”- roofing contractors that move from state to state to take advantage of storm victims. Out of nowhere and usually in record time, these contractors are all over a hard hit area. You need help right away and it is difficult to tell the good guys from the bad. Don’t get caught being a double victim, first from the storm and then from a disreputable contractor! Here are some things to keep in mind when you make your decision:

Be patient and calm

Being desperate leaves you open to being preyed upon by “Storm-Chasers” who claim to be local. Be wary of contractors who knock on your door and tell you that your roof has damage, even before they inspect it. In most cases, you have a year and sometimes more to file a claim with your insurance company, so there’s plenty of time to get an inspection by an expert.

Most roofing contractors hire subcontractors to do the work

Our industry has seen the development of "exterior brokers" instead of real contractors.  Many companies subcontract their work to outside labor sources, creating a climate where the project is treated like a commodity instead of a craft.  CRC crews have been highly trained and are closely supervised to make sure each homeowner gets a quality roof system…  No exceptions…

Check to make sure the contractor is properly licensed

Ask for their contractor’s license number, and current certificates of workman’s compensation and liability insurance. This is for your protection. In most states, the homeowner or their insurance company will be liable if something happens; Also, have your insurance broker check over the certificate to make sure the Workers Comp is VALID.  Cedar Roofing has A++ insurance for Workers Comp and General Liability.

Do your own research

Go online and check the Better Business Bureau, Yelp, Angie’s List. Ask the contractor for a list of references and then take the time to contact them.  You will likely learn in your research that these guys will actually cause damage to your roof in order to imitate hail damage for the insurance company, including splitting shingles and hammering or chipping holes in the roof or vents while carrying out their inspections.

Cedar Roofing Company, LLC has been a part of building your community for over 30 years. We are a member in good standing with the National Roofing Contractors Association, have an A+ rating with the BBB and are compliant with OSHA’s safety standards. All workers are employed by CRC- We don’t use subcontractors. We're fully insured, bonded and are HAAG Certified inspectors.