Do you ever wonder why roofing contractors get a bad reputation? Much of it is due to roofing scammers called Storm Chasers or roofing gypsies. These out-of-town roofing companies pack up from wherever they are and temporarily locate to where the latest storm has caused significant damages. Once there, they canvas the area with literature, knock on doors and may even offer a free inspection. A contractor simply showing up at your door unannounced and offering to do repairs on the spot with payment, is a huge red flag. Don't fall victim to them! Their plan is to get as much work done as they can, in the shortest amount of time, and move on to the next storm damaged area. Should there be any issues with the work they performed, that is at the homeowners expense. By that time, they are likely long gone and can't be held accountable since there is no way to reach or find them.
These chasers can be well versed how insurance companies work and that helps them calculate the square footage to install a cheap new roof with an enticing low cost estimate. Cheap not only because of the price, but most of these roofs might last 5-7 years, if there aren't other issues before that. A new asphalt roof installed by a reputable roofing contractor can last between 20 to 50 years, depending on the shingle. A slate roof can last up to 150 years!
Especially after a major storm, many homeowners are overwhelmed with what to do next and want to get the repair or roof replacement done sooner than later. Before you agree to anything, sign anything, see the article Damages after the Storm - Choosing Your Contractor for a list of what to look for in a contractor.
It's always best to do your research before hiring any contractor and advisable to collect at least 3 estimates to compare. We can't stress enough times how important it is to get everything in writing. There's an old Chinese proverb “the faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory.”