When your area is hit with a major storm – hail, wind and more, it looks like the roofing contractors begin to pop up from everywhere and nowhere at the same time. You understand the importance of keeping the work local because of the warranty and the ease of getting them back out if there is a problem. So you turn to your local phonebook or to the BBB (Better Business Bureau) to look for a local roofing company to take a look at the damage your roof has received. To your surprise, a truck from this local business pulls up with a magnetic temporary sign on the door and out of state license plates.
So what exactly don’t you know? Ironically, the roofing companies that are pushing the most for you to shop in your local area aren’t local contractors anymore. After a large hail storm a storm chasing company from out of town used the very same phonebook and Better Business Bureau listing and bought into the company or in some cases they bought it out. The contractor from out of town can now easily bypass the local licensing laws and they are able to get instant credibility. Unfortunately for the consumer, they are dealing with sales, management and work crews from out of state. These sneaky storm chasers look local and are legally able to use the references and credibility of a local business without really being local.
The big question now becomes “how do you really know if your local roofer is really genuine?” You can start by requesting a letter of guarantee from the individuals who registered the business with your State. Ensure that they have not sold the company and aren’t leasing out the business licenses or business name. You should have them put all of this in writing.
Another sure fire way to ensure the company is local would be to check with the local chamber of commerce office. Most local companies will register with the local chamber or another organization while out of state companies will not.