On October 18, 2015 Phoenix and its sister cities to the west (Glendale, Peoria, Litchfield, Avondale, Sun City and more) got blasted by a microburst
that came with 60mph winds and half dollar size hail. This storm left a lot of damage in its wake. Roofs were torn off, trees fell, power lines snapped and thousand are without power. Lyons Roofing is reaching out to their existing customers to offer inspections to check for storm damage. We do this to put our customers at ease.
Lyons Roofing offers these tips to avoid being ripped off by Storm Chasers.
If your home has storm damage, do your homework.
1. Avoid door to door solicitors. Long standing reputable contractors will likely be too busy to engage in these types of activities.
2. How long has this contractor been doing business in Arizona? You need to feel confident they will be here to back up their warranties.
3. Be present for property inspections. Storm chasers have been known to “enhance” the damage on a roof in hopes of locking in the business. Insurance adjusters know how to spot fake storm damage and leave the bill with you.
4. Always get multiple estimates. There is no substitute for doing your homework.
5. Check out the contractors credentials.
a. Registrar of Contractors
(ROC) license record
b. Verify bonding and insurance
6. Choose a contractor and allow them to help you with the insurance process. Make no mistake; part of the insurance adjuster’s job is to minimize costs to the insurance company. Your contractor can assist with this process.
7. Know all contractual obligations. Yours and the contractors.
a. Avoid large deposits, know your cancellation rights, and look for blank spaces.
b. Read and understand the contractor’s proposal to include the scope of work to be provided, the estimated date to completion, and warranties provided.
It is unfortunate that on the heels of suffering damage by Mother Nature, now we have to be careful of being cheated from the event. It is not fair. Again, a good contractor is worth the wait and a good contractor can take measures to get your roof watertight while you wait for your roof re-construction. If you are looking for a good contractor, Lyons Roofing can help.