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How Do I Spot a Storm Chaser?

If you’re wondering, “How do I spot a storm chaser? Let HUDCO Roofing & Exteriors fill you in! There is a severe storm rolling through your area – hail, rain, wind, and snow! You notice damage to your roof along with your neighbors! Your insurance company may be able to reimburse the damages based on the extent of the damage. You may require to replace your roof if the roofing material is aging, but smaller repairs or replacements may be possible. 

In the wake of storm damage to your roof, you think it’s time to get in touch with a roofing company. Most roofers, including HUDCO Roofing and Exteriors, maintain a good booking timeline and responds quickly, but they may not be able to come out as soon as you need them. An inspection is performed on your roof right away, followed by an on-site quote from a sales representative – how convenient!

There is a very good chance that this person works for a storm-chasing organization, and he or she knows that you need a roof repair or replacement. 


What is a roofing storm chaser?

Residents who have recently been hit by a terrible storm attract storm chasers. Due to the fact that multiple neighborhoods were affected by the same storm, their team can inspect every house in each neighborhood. 

The contractors are predators looking to profit from the overwhelming demand for roofing services from local companies. As a result, speed is of the utmost importance for these companies.

How to identify if a roofer is a storm chaser?

In the aftermath of a storm, many roofing companies have salespeople canvassing the neighborhood, so you shouldn’t assume all people knocking on your door offer roofing services for free. 

What to look out for:

  • Name of the company. Find out if the company has any reviews and if it is legit by doing a quick Google search! The company may have stuffed good reviews in themselves to cover up the bad ones if there are mixed reviews.
  • Home city and state. Discover the state they’re from by looking at their license plate! Searching for their company online also allows you to identify where they have their main office.
  • Limited time offers. It is common for storm chasers to pressure you into a high-pressure situation where they provide a limited-time roof price, so you will be compelled to act fast and not consider other roofers.
  • Bottom-end pricing. The price tag is important, but if you are being offered a replacement at a crazy low price, check out the company and what type of replacement they provide. The minimal amount of work they do for your home is all they do to get their money; then they move on. The roofing system could need to include important components, the products could be of poor quality, the workmanship could be poor, and the warranty may be short.
  • Only offer a roof replacement. Storm chasers sometimes mislead you into believing that your roof cannot be repaired and that you must replace it. In order to make it appear worse than it is, they build fake damage. Ask for evidence, such as pictures and videos, to support their claims.
  • Ask for credentials. In most states, contractors are required to maintain a state license, so the roofing contractor you choose should be insured and licensed. In case they aren’t willing to provide you with information about their business license and insurance certificate, you can ask them! The level of coverage your insurance company will provide may depend on whether or not they are registered and appropriately insured.

Should I avoid hiring a storm chaser roofing company?

There are several types of storm restoration companies that can provide you with quality services, and many of them may even be local to you. Although they are experienced in working with insurance companies, they might be more expensive than other options. 

Research the roofing companies before hiring the first one who shows up at your door. Don’t just hire the first one you see. The best way to ensure that the company is legitimate and long-term is to ensure its office is local. A storm chaser may or may not have worked with subcontractors before arriving from out of state. Their mission is to complete the storm work before they move on. Warranty issues come up, and nobody guarantees the result.

You may have to be patient a bit to have a reputable, local roofing company come out to your property, but it’ll be worth it in the long run! A local company should be able to repair any active leaks caused by the damage as soon as possible before assessing the full scope of the damage. 

Work with HUDCO Roofing

HUDCO Roofing & Exteriors can provide you with the help you need. Getting in touch with us can be done by calling us at 225-364-1007. We service areas in Bossier City, Shreveport, and Baton Rouge, LA.

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