5 Tips: How to Avoid Scams for Storm Damage Roof Repair

A roof that has a hole in it - avoid scams and hire a reputable roofing contractor

A total of 13 tornadoes touched down in Wisconsin on June 15, causing millions of dollars in property damage. Our crew at Culbertson Construction is busy repairing and replacing roofs that were damaged in the storm. With so many homeowners needing roof repairs right now, we wanted to offer some timely professional advice. We want to let homeowners know how they can save money and reduce the hassle of roof repair caused by storm damage.

Sometimes, storm damage is as obvious as shingles in the yard that blew off the house in strong winds. If it’s not that obvious, climb a ladder to inspect the roof. Look for hail-dented, cracked, torn, missing or damaged shingles on the roof. Check the gutters and downspouts for debris. Signs of wind and storm damage might appear indoors as well. You might see brown, gray or yellow water streaks or water spotting, cracked or peeling wallpaper or damp ceilings and rafters. Take photos to document the storm damage.
Once you verify that your roof sustained storm, hail or wind damage, it’s time to do some research. Read your homeowner’s insurance, so you know exactly what roof damage your policy covers. Some insurance companies will cut a check for a full roof replacement while others will cover only roof patching. Contact your insurance agent to make a homeowners insurance claim. In most circumstances, an insurance adjuster will stop by to inspect the roof’s condition and any storm damage that occurred.
Unfortunately, fly-by-night roofers often show up immediately after a major storm. Although these contractors may be legitimate, don’t be fooled. There are several ways to know you’re getting quality workmanship and long-lasting products. Before hiring a roofing contractor to repair storm damage: • Do an online search using the contractor’s name and the business name. Check the reviews, website, and Facebook page for information that demonstrates the company’s credibility, history, and commitment to quality workmanship and products. Bottom line, look for signs of a reputable roofing company. Avoid scammers that leave you with leaks and expensive roof repairs and reconstruction down the road. • Confirm that the roofer is licensed and insured. • Select a Wisconsin-based roofer, instead of an out-of-state roofing contractor. This is especially important if, in a few years, you need a replacement shingle or other follow-up repairs. A local roofer can easily accommodate your request, for example, for a lost shingle. • Compare estimates from several contractors, but don’t base your decision exclusively on price. Also consider the company’s reputation, experience, warranties, professionalism and approach to customer service.
First of all, don’t pay upfront for roof repair work. By paying out-of-pocket before the work begins, you run the risk that the roofer isn’t legitimate and doesn’t complete the work. Instead, work with your insurance agent to handle the claim for storm damage.
Culbertson Construction is a family-owned and family-operated construction company that’s been in business for over 20 years. Based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Culbertson Construction is fully insured and licensed in the state. Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, the roofing contractor is a BBB Accredited Business. Contact Ben Culbertson for a quote for storm damage or roofs, siding, windows, and doors for homes and commercial buildings in Northeast Wisconsin, Green Bay and Appleton.