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Increase of Roofing Scams Reported

by Roofing Admin on 4/2/2009

With the recent spats of bad weather over the past month or so there has been a marked increase in the number of complaints filed to law enforcement and the Better Business Bureau from all over the United States concerning roofing scams, most notably in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Georgia.

Scam artists also known as “storm chasers,” or “travelers,” will usually pop up anywhere there is an elderly community that has been ravaged by a storm. The Contractors State License Board (CSLB), a California state agency interviewed in “Recession Highlights Home Repair Scams” describes common sham setup:

“…the traveler knocks on a homeowners’ door, claims to have roofing material left over from a job just completed in the neighborhood, and offers to repair or seal the roof or driveway at a reduced price. The con artist will then use a useless, watery substance on the roof or driveway, collect a cash payment, and then move on without revealing their phone number or address.”

The best way to prevent emotional and fiscal damage caused by these fraudulent contractors is to do your own investigative work. Take a look at the tips on how to avoid roofing scams and storm chasers.

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I have a qestion regarding roof vents. If your house has gable vents is it okay to also have a ridge vent installed?

You will certainly get much better venting with a continuous ridge vent in addition to the gable roof vents that you now have. The critical issue is to make certain that you have proper soffit venting so that you have good airflow coming in from the eaves of the house and pushing air out through the ridge. Having both the soffit and ridge vent is similar to opening two windows on opposite sides of a room to create a breeze. If you only open one window (or have a ridge vent without soffit venting as well) your airflow will be signifcantly less.

Today’s question was answered by Dan Elsom, Founder and President of Elsom Roofing, INC . Elsom Roofing is located in Walla Walla, Washington and services the Walla Walla Valley.

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