Selecting a Springfield Storm Damage Repair contractor: the most important choices you’ll make
When disaster struck Springfield, suddenly every contractor became a roofer. That’s not uncommon, and by and large, these roofers are great at their jobs, but they are not a qualified Springfield storm damage repair contractor. However, there’s just one problem: most roofers do not specialize in storm damage repair. In fact, even the best roofers with the best of intentions can fall woefully short following a major weather event like the one that just struck the city.
That’s because repairing storm damage is far more complex than simply removing the shingles and replacing a little bit of decking underneath. Too many times, roofers end up creating far greater problems than they solve, costing homeowners tens of thousands of extra dollars–money that your insurance company won’t shell out. Hometown Restoration founder Brad Gardner provides a few good reasons you should select a qualified storm damage repair contractor — and a few tips about choosing the right contractor when the time comes.
Storm damage repair contractors need knowledge of the insurance industry
One of the biggest mistakes roofers make is not adequately assessing the scope of damage to the roof until well after the insurance company has shelled out their money. Look around a neighborhood after a major weather event and ask yourself: how long do those blue tarps stay on the roof until it’s repaired. Weeks? A month or more?
When the roofer shows up, he’s ready to get the job done and move on. After all, you’re home is probably the 30th new roof he’s installed in the past few weeks. What happens, though, when the roofer discovers work that falls outside the scope of the insurance adjustor’s original estimate?
“Qualified storm damage repair contractors understand the insurance business inside and out,” Brad explains. “They know adjustors and underwriters, they know how to utilize the appropriate systems, and they are skilled at making sure the home isn’t just re-roofed, that it’s restored.”
Many traditional roofers will “leave money on the table” and charge homeowners to repair problems they discover, such as structural damage underneath the roof’s decking. Sometimes, it’s even worse, and the roofer will overlook structural damage all together, either because they are in a hurry or because they didn’t understand what they were looking at.
Repairing storm damage takes a special skillset to help control costs
Another significant error many traditional roofers and contractors make when completing storm repairs is that they “over-repair”–demolishing out elements that could be repaired at a significant cost savings, or replacing components that didn’t need to be replaced in the first place. They don’t do so intentionally, Brad explains, but instead because they don’t know how to fix it.
“We live in a throw-away culture, not a fix-it society, and contracting is no different,” Brad says. “When it comes to repairing storm damage, though, there are many reasons to maintain as much of the original structure and material as possible while making sure the home is completely restored.”
That can mean patching damaged joists or re-squaring a wall that has shifted. Doing these kinds of repairs without the proper experience or tools can deal further damage to your home. Without the experience in these kinds of repairs, even the best general contractors can make your problems worse, not better.
A few tips on choosing the right Springfield storm damage contractor
Brad also points out that choosing the right Springfield storm damage contractor doesn’t have to be a scary process. He’s provided a few guidelines every homeowner should follow whenever they need to hire someone to do work on their home. Here’s what he recommends:
To break it down, there are five things you should look for:
1.) A license: reputable contractors spend thousands of dollars to obtain and maintain their general contractor’s license.
2.) Insurance: contractors’ insurance protects you against liabilities for workplace injuries, damage to your property or to others, and a host of other liabilities.
3.) Bond: bonded contractors maintain a particular type of financial security, a surety bond, that exists solely to protect you and the contractor from unethical or improper practices.
4.) References: You wouldn’t trust your kids to a babysitter without checking references, right? Your home should be no different. Reputable contractors will always provide references.
5.) Compatibility: Your storm damage repair contractor is going to be around for a while, working closely with you and your property. You’ll need to choose someone whose work practices and personality “work” for you.
Hometown Restoration is a qualified Springfield storm damage repair contractor
If your home may have been damaged in the storm, Hometown Restoration is here to help. Call us today or request a free evaluation of your home’s damage. We’re here to help.