Unfortunately, roofing scammers are at it again. Storm victims can be easy targets to con-artists, posing as contractors, post-hail storms.
NBCDFW recently aired a story on this topic, warning consumers to do their due diligence when it comes to contractors.
A good rule of thumb is to research your contractor before signing anything. Reputable roofing companies with a long history of great service should be easy to find by name, online. Check online reviews of the company and ask around. Your relatives, friends, and neighbors are great sources of information here. Use a local company. Often when storms it, it is common for contractors from other states to flock to the damage. They complete a bunch of projects and then are gone. However, if something goes wrong with your roof after replacement, it can be hard to remedy with a company not local to the area. Lastly, a contractor should NEVER ask you to pay a large sum of money up front.
Do not fall victim to scammers. If you are in need of a honest company you can depend on, we would be honored to serve you. Complete our online form for a free estimate or give us a call, 817-453-8555.
Impact resistant shingles are a great option available for homeowners who are looking at a complete roof replacement. These shingles are designed to perform better than standard shingles after strong impact testing both in the lab setting and after a natural weather event. When compared to standard shingles, impact resistant shingles do not crack or rupture immediately after hail impact. They also perform better against wind, holding up against high wind events up over 100 mph.
Though no shingle offers a 100% protection against storms, impact resistant shingles are the best on the market to protect your home against strong hail and wind weather events. Selecting an impact resistant shingle is initially more expensive than traditional shingles, but many insurance companies offer an incentive to have them installed. Give Capitol Roofing a call at 817.453.8555 to see if impact resistant shingles may be a cost-effective alternative for you.
We have heard from many who have experienced hail storms this year. A common question we get is "How do I know if I need a new roof?" Just because your roof is not leaking does not necessarily mean that all is well. Hail can cause indentations in the shingle and are not always visible to the naked eye. It is best to contact us to determine the scope of the damage.
Here are some other warning signs your roof may have damage:
Unfortunately, last Sunday's hail storms in North Texas have already brought out scam artists. If you were in an area hit by hail, here are some tips to ensure you stay safe and do not get scammed:
Hail season is upon us in Texas, as the majority of hail damage in the state occurs between the months of March and May. In fact, Texas has more hail and wind claims than any other state. The April 2016 hailstorm in Texas was the costliest ever, resulting in almost $1.4 billion in estimated losses.
Texas is more prone to severe weather than other states in partially due to the state's unique weather patterns. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico combined with dry air from the west during springtime cause different weather events. North Texas is especially at risk as hail is more likely in the northern part of the state, due to cold fronts that often don't make it far south. According to the Weather Channel, hail forms when updrafts in thunderstorms carry drops of rain into areas of the atmosphere where the temperature is below freezing. In these cold zones, raindrops freeze into ice pellets that range in size.
If hail hits your area this spring, please give Capitol Roofing a call at 817.453.8555 or click here to request a complimentary estimate.
Did you know that the state of Texas does not have a license or any regulation of the roofing industry? This means that anyone can claim to be a “roofer” in Texas. During a
storm situation, there is a large rise in the number of roofing contractors in the area. Unfortunately we also have a high rate of scamming and insurance fraud from “fly-by-night” contractors due to lack of state regulation.
The RCAT Licensed Roofing Contractor program was developed to increase consumer protection and secure public confidence in the roofing industry by elevating the roofing contractor's knowledge, skills and professionalism through voluntary self-regulation. RCAT takes the pressure off of you by verifying that a contractor has met the standards of a true professional roofing contractor. To become licensed, the applicant must be a principal in a roofing company, in business in the state of Texas for at least three continuous years and carry insurance. After a thorough credit and background check, the
individual must pass a business and safety knowledge exam and a residential and/or commercial roofing exam, PLUS maintain eight hours of continuing education each year!
Scott Cantrell with Capitol Roofing is proud to be an RCAT licensed roofing contractor and would be grateful for the opportunity to do business with you.
To learn more about the RCAT license, click here.