As a homeowner in Charlotte, NC, you need to be aware of the extensive damage that can be caused by heavy rain and high winds associated with hurricanes—particularly to your roof. However, the monetary damage can be far more than you anticipate if you cross paths with a storm chaser. 

Following a hurricane or other major storm, it’s common for storm chasers to show up in areas that have received extensive damage. If you receive a phone call or a knock on your door from someone claiming to be a roofer, they are more than likely a storm chaser—otherwise known as a scammer. A reputable Charlotte roofing company will not call or come to your home without first being contacted by your or your insurance agent. 

If your roof is damaged during a hurricane, the last thing you want is to be the victim of a storm chaser. In order to protect your home and your family, follow these simple tips to avoid storm chasers: 

  • Don’t Fall for High-Pressure Sales Tactics: A roofer who claims that you can only get the “best deal” or the “lowest price” by hiring them immediately is likely a storm chaser or scam roofer. 
  • Don’t Sign Anything Right Away: Signing a contract on the spot could keep you from gathering estimates from other local roofing contractors. 
  • Don’t Pay in Advance: Be suspicious if a roofer demands full or partial payment prior to starting your job. 
  • Be Observant: A roofer’s vehicle should have signs or decals with the business name and phone number—as well as North Carolina license plates.   

So, what should you do if the roof on your home receives damage from a hurricane? First of all, the most important thing is to be patient. Professional roofing companies will likely be very busy, and it may take a few days or weeks to get you on their schedule—even for an estimate. In the meantime, there are several steps you can to ensure that you hire a reputable roofer to replace your roof: 

  • Collect Estimates: Try to collect at least three or four estimates from local roofing companies in order to compare costs and the scope of your project. 
  • Gather References and Read Reviews: Talk to family or friends who have recently had a roof replaced, or visit websites such as the Better Business Bureau to read customer reviews. 
  • Check for Industry Affiliations: Many local roofing companies are members of organizations like the Homebuilders Association of Greater Charlotte, and often hold designations such as an Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor or a GAF Certified Contractor. 
  • Request a Detailed Contract: A written contract should include the price, a description of the work to be performed, the amount of liability insurance maintained by the roofing contractor, and a timeframe. 

Has your roof been damaged by a hurricane? Owl Remodeling is here to help! While we do not offer repair services or handle insurance claims, our locally owned company provides comprehensive Charlotte roof replacement services for homeowners affected by hurricanes—or anyone in need of a new roof. Give us a call today to learn more about our trusted, BBB-accredited company, or use our quick online form now to request a free, no-obligation estimate for roofing replacement.