A few years ago, we discovered questionable 'contractors' running a scam in area neighborhoods.
Due to the current economic conditions, where 'extra' money is scarce, home owners, who are told that they need a new roof, are looking for a bargain. To provide these 'bargain roofs', a number of licensed/unlicensed unscroupulous individuals, including general contractors, representing themselves a legitimate & experienced roofing contractors have suddenly surfaced and began taking advantage of uninformed home owners. They are not local roofing contractors. And, some are 'handyman' firms posing as roofers. The following scenario describes how they work:
They approach the home owner, 'out of the blue'and advise them that they can see that their roof has been damaged and that the home owner's roof needs to be replaced. These activities, usually, occur after a hail storm or other damaging weather occurence. We legitimate roofers call them 'storm chasers'.
They will tell you that you don't have to do anything and that it won't cost you anything, if you agree to let them handle all transactions with the your home owner's insurance company, on your behalf.
If you sign that kind of agreemet with them, you will abandon any opportunity to specify what kindof roof you want and will have to trust the greedy storm chasers to make that decision.
These storm chasers use inferior material and their workmanship is poor, due to the inexperienced labor they use to keep their costs low.
Because they are paid directly by your insurance company, they keep the difference between what your insurance company pays them and their cost of to replace your roof.
They pocket a huge profit and leave you with a roof that is not covered by any kind of warranty and a roof that will not last very long before needing repairs or replacing.
If any one knocks on your door and trys to convince you to sign-up to what you think is similar to what I described above, for your protection, insist on seeing the following creditials and document what you observered and were told:
a. The time and date of the contact;
b. The name of the person talking to you;
c. The name & address of the company they are representing;
d. Ask to see their "Virginia State Roofing/General Contractor" & the Frederick or your county/city/town business license;
e. Also, ask if they have current liability & workmans' compensation insurance policies; and
f. Ask them for references, in your area, particularly for completed work.
NOTE: Route 11 Roofing Co., LLC recommends that you obtain the above information for any contractor that you intend to sign a contract with, including us.