Details for Beware of Fly-By-Night Roofing Contractors
Beware of Fly-By-Night Roofing Contractors
In the wake of a recent hailstorm damaging roofs in Siouxland, dozens of unknown contractors have been swooping in claiming to be local roofers when they really come from out of state.
According to John Cain, owner of JC Roofing, these contractors temporarily get a local phone number and address, have new business cards and yard signs printed, and may even lease building space for appearances.
“They have it down to a science; they get as much business as they can then get out of town,” said Cain, who has been a roofer since 1978.
Many of them are going door to door, he said, offering to replace their roof or do other odd jobs after the storm. Homeowners are being pressured by these contractors to sign contracts and pay money upfront.
“They tell people that if they don’t get their roof on the schedule now, it won’t get done this year. Some homeowners panic after a hailstorm, thinking their roof is going to fall in. Not true. It wasn’t that bad of storm that you have to have it done right away.
“You don’t have to have it looked at the next day. It’s okay to wait for the insurance adjuster to come out first and look at the roof, but many homeowners are not waiting for the insurance company to see what
they will pay,” he said. “They may have never heard of the roofer. I’ve seen dozens of roofers in South Sioux City claiming to be local roofers. They’re only here for the storms, and if people have problems later
on, they won’t be around.”
Those who actually stay for a while take care of all the work in the area and leave the state again to move into other storm ravaged areas. They never return.
“They will be where the next storm is. They won’t be here when you have a problem. You will have to pay a local roofer to make repairs because you won’t be able to get ahold of them or get them to come back,” he said.
So, what does a homeowner do when their home has been damaged from a recent storm? First of all, do not panic, Cain encourages.
“Slow down. Get on the Internet and look up roofers in the Siouxland area. You will be able to see who is local. Also talk to your neighbors. Most of the local roofers your neighbors have heard of. Also, don’t hire the first person who knocks on your door. Take the time to investigate and look around,” he said.
In addition, be sure to ask the contractor you get an estimate from some questions. Reputable roofers will have insurance, they will give you a warranty, they will show you options for your roof, and they will be here if you have a problem in a year or five years.
“If they ask you for money upfront, you should run,” he said.
The next question is, then, who should a homeowner trust with their roof?
“We want people to slow down and keep their business local,” he said. “I hire local people and spend all of my money locally whenever possible. I think others should, too.”
Local roofers may be busy at times, but if you call them,they will get back to you and put you on their list.
“I think it’s better to wait for someone local than to hurry up and get it done then find out there’s a problem and the person you hired is gone.
“The roof doesn’t have to be done right away unless you have a leak,” he said. “In that case, we would take care of repairs until we can get there.”
John Cain of JC Roofing, which has been in business since 1984, pays local taxes that support the community he has lived and worked in for a long time, and has many years of experience. JC Roofing is a familyowned business that he runs with his three sons and up to 20 employees.
Their reputation and years of accolades for customer service and craftsmanship speak for them.
“People like our work and as a result we get lots of repeat business,” he said.
JC Roofing & Insulation
717 W. 16th St., South Sioux City, NE 68776