When a storm comes through towns in Ohio often the storm chasing repairmen and roofers come in to town. As a home owner it is important to beware of these companies. They are here today but have a higher chance of not being around when an issue comes up. Check who you are about to do work with well before you give them any money. I was talking to a good roofer and he provided me with this information.
Here is what can and often does happen. When a storm has hit an area roofers from other states will arrive to the storm damaged areas. They will set up shop somewhere and register with who ever they need to. It does not cost much to register a business with the state. The sneakier roofers will also register their vehicles in Ohio so that they have Ohio license plates. This helps to sell the believe that they are a long time local business.
After they have sold someone on using their services it is now time to do the work. It is common for roofers to request money upfront so as to cover the cost of the materials. This is where you really want to make sure that you are dealing with a trust worthy company that is local and has been in business for several years. The last thing you want to do is give them money without complete certainty that they are a legitimate and honest as they say they are.
Doing a quality job on a roof takes time. The roof flashings around roof penetrations such as plumbing vent pipes, at roof wall junctions and chimneys take extra time and consideration to be done correctly and keep out water leaks. Anyone can keep a roof from leaking for a few months using enough tar sealant around the roof penetrations. Tar sealant is not enough to prevent future leaks as a result of the expansion and contraction of roofing materials due to heat and cold.
After a few months of working the area the “roofers” close shop and move on to another city that has had some recent storms or they return to their home. When an issue comes up regarding the roof there is no one to contact to have the issue corrected. This is why it is important to deal with only local roofing companies.
Always check out who you are hiring for a roofer, not all are bad, I have met some very good ones. They trouble is that is can be hard to judge who is good and who will be gone in a few months taking your money. If seeking a Columbus Ohio roofer be sure to check for references also.