Town of Double Oak Hail Damage – Roof Repair/Replacement

Mar 28, 2017 by

Town of Double Oak Hail Damage – Roof Repair/Replacement

The Town of Double Oak and surrounding areas were hit hard with hail during the recent storm and many people suffered damage as a result. This is the perfect time for unscrupulous roof contractors to take advantage of you. As the homeowner, you need to be confident a reputable contractor is working on your property.

A permit is required from the Town of Double Oak to repair and/or replace a roof and the permit must be visible from the street for the Building Inspector.

Please be aware that fraudulent, unqualified contractors or “storm chasers,” come from all over the country looking for vulnerable consumers. With resources, materials and contractors limited due to these recent storms, homeowners might try and seek a quick and easier road. Here are some things you can do to protect yourself:

Avoid door-to-door solicitors. All solicitors must obtain a permit though the Double Oak Police Department. If a solicitor comes to your door, ask to see their permit. If they are unable to provide an identification card you should call the Denton County Dispatch at 972-434-5500 to report them.

• Don’t sign any document until you’re sure you’ve chosen the contractor you want.
• Avoid contractors willing to help “save your deductible,” which is unlawful.
• Ask for referrals from neighbors and others you trust.
• Make sure the company actually exists by looking them up on a third-party directory, such as a printed telephone or business association directory. The number provided by the contractor may just be for show, and scam artists may even set up websites with false information about their operation.
• Check the reputation of the contractors by looking at service-referral websites such as the Dallas-area Better Business Bureau (free) or Angie’s List (free information and contractor listings but a paid subscription is required to view contractor ratings and reviews). Look for a local street address, not a post office box. Check how long the company has been in business and look for memberships in local and national trade associations.
• If a subcontractor identifies as being with a large company, call the contracting company to make sure the sub is being truthful.
• Ask all contractors to confirm they have proof of general liability insurance and workers-compensation coverage. Once you choose a contractor, ask to see proof.
• Ask contractors you’re considering for references to other jobs they did 12 to 24 months ago so you can determine whether the work has held up.
• Get three estimates in writing, which gives you an opportunity to check for consistency in the scope of work. Avoid bids that are either much higher or lower than the other two.

You can also visit www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0242-hiring-contractor… for some helpful information about hiring contractors.

If you live in a HOA please verify with the HOA regarding their requirements.

Please feel free to contact Double Oak Building Official Charlie Wright 972-539-9464 with any questions.

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