Homeowners should be sure to do their homework on any contractor they may be considering
St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) June 05, 2013
When a tornado strikes, it’s easy to be lured in by the money-saving promises that many unscrupulous contractors offer. American Roofing & Exteriors shows homeowners the benefit of using a credible contractor who can guarantee their work and walk them through the insurance claim process from start to finish.
When tornadoes ripped through the St. Louis area on May 31, 2013, many of the residents were left with the worry of the damage that occurred to their homes and the looming fear of tackling the insurance claim process.
Since their beginning in 1994, American Roofing & Exteriors has helped thousands of families repair damage from storms. During that time they have helped build understanding among their customers about the insurance claim process, the amount of time allowed to file a claim after the damage has taken place and perhaps most importantly, how the homeowners should expect to be paid by the insurance carrier for their claim. American Roofing & Exteriors is one of twenty founding member companies of the United Association of Storm Restoration Contractors (UASRC).
Along with extensive damage a tornado leaves behind, these types of storms tend to bring with them an abundance of unscrupulous contractors who are either unlicensed or misrepresenting themselves as a local contractor and leaving homeowners with no long term guarantee once the work is finished. “We stress to our customers the importance of using a licensed contractor in states where a license is required. Anyone can find out if a contractor is licensed by checking their state’s website. Whomever you select, it should be a contractor that can not only guarantee their work, but one that makes themselves available for any concerns you have once the work is complete. Homeowners should be sure to do their homework on any contractor they may be considering.” explains Matt Woods, President of American Roofing & Exteriors.
For repairs on your property from tornadoes or other storm damage or for more information on the insurance claim process, homeowners are urged to call American Roofing & Exteriors immediately. They can be reached at 636-464-7663 in Missouri or 618-628-7663 in Illinois, or you can visit them online at http://www.americanroofingandexteriors.com.
The UASRC was formed as a non-profit organization with the goal of inspiring positive change in the storm restoration industry. The mission of the UASRC is to promote the highest ethical standards in the restoration industry. Our Members adhere to a code of professional conduct, educate property owners about the insurance claims process, and give back to the community through outreach and charitable programs.
With over 150 years of combined experience in the roofing and restoration industry, our members look to make a positive impact on the industry by providing the best in-class service to homeowners affected by storms. The UASRC will also work closely with legislators, insurance companies, and both local and national media to improve the practices and image of the storm restoration industry.
After storms hit an area, homeowners are often approached by transient roofing companies to assist with insurance claims and repairing the damage. UASRC members will be instantly recognizable with their credentials and UASRC identification badges. As a best practice, you should look for the following to identify a legitimate roofer:
- Clearly represents their products and services, including adequate disclosures of all material terms in writing
- Provides proper information on their insurance coverage
- Openly identifies the nature, location and ownership of the business and clearly discloses all policies, guarantees and procedures relevant to the customer
- Abides by all written agreements and verbal representations
- Does not offer or agree to cover the insurance deductible
The UASRC was formed in part to give property owners the information they need to make an informed decision in regards to their storm related repairs. The UASRC Facebook page has a lot of great information on the storm restoration industry. The UASRC also serves as a resource for property owners and contractors that have fallen victim to disreputable contractors, and insurance claim related issues.