Austin Roofers Offer Great Deals During Storm Season But What Deals Are Legitimate?

With 30 years of experience in roofing and construction, I have seen it all. Every year from March to May, hail storms strike the great State of Texas, which brings roofers from all parts of the country to Texas. Most of these storm chasers will offer everything under the sun as an incentive to get your business. Why not? This is a nation of free market enterprise, except not all roof deals are legal. Some are in fact illegal and federal crimes that could land your contractor in prison and get you in trouble with your insurance company! When roofing companies promise to “waive” or “discount” your deductible, they are in fact committing wire fraud, which is a Federal Felony. Here’s how they do it. First they tell you if you sign up with them, they will waive or discount your deductible by not doing “collateral damaged” items such as gutters, windows etc. Except, in order to “waive” or “discount” your deductible, the roofing company has to bill your insurance company for those “collateral damaged items” even though they didn’t do them. This is when it turns into wire fraud. Even if they do repair the “collateral damages”, if they don’t reduce their bill to the insurance company by the same amount they are waiving from your deductible, they are committing wire fraud. They cheat your insurance company by sending them false invoices for work they never did or deductibles they never collected. Waiving and discounting deductibles are mostly done by roofing contractors because they’re either inexperienced and don’t know any better or they don’t care to break the law just to get your business. You have to ask yourself, “Do I really want a desperate contractor on my property that doesn’t care about breaking the law?” What other crimes do you think that company is willing to do? What corners are they going to cut? Do you think they’re going to do everything for you that they told you they would? Also, from my experience, the desperate contractors are desperate for a good reason. I would stay away from them. Most insurance companies offer you low estimates to begin with, so why should you let them keep money that they owe you for your property? They often miss important line items that should have been included in your estimate. This is where a professional roofer comes in handy. Roofers that waive deductibles are not only committing crimes but also helping your insurance company short-change you.

Texas Showcase Roofing offers legitimate deals unmatched in the industry!

  1. Rebates given by the manufacturer. We use GAF, the number one selling shingle in the country. They offer veterans a $250 discount for using their Timberline shingle products. We will match that offer by $250, so our veterans get a $500 rebate when they use our company.
  2. Free upgrades to an extent. My company offers a few free upgrades such as better quality shingles, synthetic felt, lifetime pipe flashings, and storm guard leak barrier in valleys and flashing areas. Additional upgrades such as Impact Resistant and designer shingles are offered for a reasonable cost.
  3. Better Warranties. We offer the best lifetime warranties in the business backed by GAF. Our warranties cover materials for 50 years and workmanship up to 25!
  4. Cruise Vacation Giveaways. Because of our commitment to excellence, we wanted to give back to our customers and give YOU the ultimate experience. As a result, we have decided to team up with Destination Motivation and will be awarding our re-roof customers with a voucher for a luxury cruise vacation for two! Offer good til April 30th.

Get a Second Opinion After Storm Roof Damage

Here’s the scenario:  You have roof damage after a storm and you call your insurance company.  They send an adjuster who estimates the work with Xactimate software, created by the insurance industry.  Then they recommend a “preferred” contractor, who accepts their initial estimate.

What’s wrong with this picture?

  1. Insurance Adjusters are not roofing professionals.
  2. Many insurance companies use adjusters from out of state that are not familiar with local code requirements.
  3. The insurance industry created Xactimate software to estimate roof repair costs without consulting a certified roofing professional.
  4. Xactimate pricing can be custom adjusted to whatever the contractor charges, but the insurance industry will not allow roofing contractors to do this.
  5. Insurance industry “preferred contractors” are often from out of state and not familiar with local or state code. They have agreed to accept the insurance company’s initial estimates, so they get more work passed to them by the insurance companies.

Being an insurance company’s “preferred contractor” has nothing to do with their quality of work.

Sadly, its the homeowners that gets stuck with “preferred contractors” to repair their storm damaged property on a low-end budget done by out of town or insurance “preferred” contractors!

Read “What Every Homeowner Should Know About Getting Insurance Estimates” to find out how to protect your roof from the “preferred contractors” and hire a certified roofing contractor instead.