During this time of the year, in addition to our usual summertime Louisiana storms, we have to keep an eye on hurricanes and tropical systems as they develop. With a few more systems brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, the possibility of a storm that affects the Baton Rouge area gets a little bit higher. Unfortunately with the heavy rains and high winds that these storms bring, they also tend to bring service providers from around the region that don’t always have your best interest in mind. If your home or business’ roof suffers damage this hurricane season, or during any other major weather event, you need someone you can trust.
Many of these companies come in from other states to “seize the opportunity”. There is a lot work to be done, and a lot of the time these companies are unfamiliar with the unique materials and methods that work best in our part of the country. Also, should there be an issue with the work or materials used in your roof repair or replacement; they can be difficult to find 6 months or later down the road. Here are 5 tips for avoiding out-of-town, fly-by-night roofing companies:
1.) Be patient: The emotional toll that storm damage to your home causes is intense. However it’s imperative that you select a quality company to tend to your roof. Often, the first roofer available isn’t busy for a reason.
2.) Check their trucks: An out-of-state license plate could be the only evidence you need. Of course there are always exceptions, but this can be some easy research to do. It can also be a great hint that when they finish, they’ll be heading home. This makes any maintenance or follow-up on your roof here in south Louisiana difficult.
3.) Don’t agree to any contingency agreements: Typically these clauses will be very unclear. It often won’t address any specific work that will be done. What it does do, however, is waive any responsibility the company has to you or your property.
4.) Check extra references: Do your due diligence if it’s a company with which you are unfamiliar. Checking the Better Business Bureau and other on-line resources can offer invaluable feedback. You can even request references from the company itself. If they don’t have anything to hide, this shouldn’t be an issue.
5.) Hire local: Who knows storm damage and Baton Rouge area homes better than a company that lives and works here? No one. These companies will be around long after the storm has passed. They stand by their work and will be familiar with your home’s history should you need them in the future. Local Baton Rouge roofing companies for residential or commercial needs will be your best bet.
So, this hurricane season, keep your eye on the tropics. Should something come our way, also keep your eye on who’s taking care of your home’s biggest source of protection. At Cribbs Incorporated, we’ve taken care of Baton Rouge’s roofing needs for over 50 years. Before a storm and after it, we’ll be here as your premier roofing company.