Severe Weather Season Brings Hail, Roof Repair Scams

Tuesday, May 5th 2020, 4:26 pm

The Better Business Bureau said scammers are targeting damage victims after parts of Oklahoma saw tennis ball sized hail Monday night.

Kitt Letcher with the Better Business Bureau said these scammers will offer roof repair deals so cheap, it's hard to resist.

"We've seen people be out hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the size of your home,” Letcher said.

The BBB said workers will finish the job quick, but they don't do a good job, so it won't be long before you'll need another repair.

"It's a fly-by night roofer, it's somebody whose from a different state," she said.

But then when repair work is needed, it's excuse after excuse, and then all those delays cause further damage to your roof.

"Then these homeowners will have to work with their insurance company to get the roof taken off and put another one on,” Letcher said.

It costs the homeowner even more money in the long-run, But Letcher said there are several ways to keep yourself safe by “making sure they are a reputable company, but a local company."

The bureau said don't sign any contracts before reading through them thoroughly, make sure it's a contract to inspect the roof only and not for the entire repair.

"These companies oftentimes will force you into a contract that you don't want them to complete,” Letcher said.

Letcher said be wary of deposits and any money required upfront.

If you think you've been scammed, you can report it here.