With the recent hail and severe storms that we have seen in the Dallas area, I wanted to warn you that our State Farm office is getting calls from people who say that roof salesmen are knocking on doors to solicit business.
As a State Farm agent, I cannot stress to you more that good roofers don't need to do this. They get business from referrals. Highland Park, University Park, Lake Highlands, Lakewood and other surrounding neighborhoods, are top targets for business solicitation and you need to be aware!
Before installing a new roof or having repairs made, consider the following when choosing your contractor:
- Look for an established, licensed, or bonded roofer and request references.
- Not all areas require licensing of roofing contractors.
- Ask to see certificates of insurance to be sure both liability and workers compensation insurance coverage is carried, and are in force during the time the roofing work is being done.
- Insist on a detailed, written estimate clearly stating the quantity of materials needed (labor charges; work specifications) which include approximate starting and completion dates; payment procedures and that any necessary building permits are secured.
- Carefully review and understand any warranty, and watch for conditions that would void it.
- Use caution (ask questions) before accepting a bid substantially lower than other bids covering the same repair work.
- Contact your local Better Business Bureau to check for complaints filed against the contractor.
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