Hurricane Matthew News, Safety and Storm Recovery Tips
We hope all of you are safe, returning home for those who were evacuated and for those of you who are still waiting for power, that it be returned soon!.
We know Hurricane Matthew has impacted well over a a few million with heavy rains, high wind gusts and flooding, power outages, damage to homes, schools, businesses, places of worship, cars and more . We sincerely hope that you and your loved ones were able to stay safe throughout Hurricane Matthew and continue to do so as you work on cleaning up and repairing any damage inside and outside your home.
If you find anything such as bowing or cracking on your ceiling, please do not sleep, play or stay in these rooms! These ceilings could break, and immense amount of water, weighted insulation, drywall and other attic debris could come through risking those in the way such as babies, children or elderly family serious injury or death. Do not allow it to stay either. Even if it appears to go away or lessen, the damage is still there, and the next time there is water collecting above it, it can break.
Do not, under any circumstances, walk on your roof if you suspect roof damage or water damage. Roofs are extremely slippery and pockets of water that have been left, may seriously increase your risk of falling off your roof. Debris, wind and water damage can make your roof even more dangerous to walk on even for those who are trained, because it may be weaker which may cause you increased risk of falling off or through your roof. Roof falls are the number one cause of death for workplace accidents and will cause serious injury. This is why anyone performing work on a roof is required to wear and properly use safety harnesses, ropes and anchors. Our estimators are specifically trained to walk on roofs and to know what dangers to look for so they can evaluate the roof.
Collis Roofing is a known, family owned and operated, fully licensed and insured Florida Roofing Contractor with Florida licensing as a General Contractor that is also licensed with a Roofing License. Collis Roofing is Trusted by Insurance Companies because of their Ethical Roofing and Insurance Practices. Collis Roofing conducts business on a regular basis using AOB's, Assignment of Benefits, with all major and local home insurance and business insurance carriers because we are trusted as an ethical roofing contractor when working with insurance companies. You can feel safe and assured that Collis Roofing is trusted to ethically manage your insurance claim directly with your insurance company.
Most insurance companies do not trust many roofing contractors. Do not sign an AOB, Assignment of Benefits, or a Roof Replacement or Roof Repair Contract for any Roofing Contractor if:
1. They have not walked your roof, taken pictures and provided you with visual confirmation of damage. Your neighbors roof is not the same as yours - it has different conditions, age, exposure, materials, etc.
2. They provide you with a Google image only to give you an estimate.
3. They do not tell you what exact materials such as manufacturer, type of product (architectural versus 3 tab, 15 pound versus 30 pound felt, Bullet Boots/Bullet Vents or vents that squirrels will eat and get into), where they are getting the materials from (out of state products do not always meet the Florida environmental needs), etc.
4. Is not Haag Certified Roofing Estimator - Haag Certified estimators and inspectors have greater credibility from insurance providers, engineers, builders and contractors because it indicates that they can more effectively and efficiently inspect and assess damage due to the intense training, testing and certifications from forensic engineers.
5. They cannot or will not provide you with proof of Workers Comp Insurance
6. They cannot or will not provide you with proof of Insurance
7. They cannot or will not provide you with proof of a proper, active Florida Roofing License
8. They promise you a Free Roof, not to collect your deductible or discount your deductible, as this could lead you to a charge of Felony Insurance Fraud
9. They cannot give you references.
If you suspect their is water damage or severe bowing in a ceiling, please call us at 877-COLLIS-1 or fill out our Contact Form for Hurricane Matthew Help and a Free Estimate for Roof Repair, Roof Replacement, Siding, Gutters, Soffit, Fascia or More!
We are thankful for those of your who watched WKMG Local 6 or ClickOrlando.com from 12pm to 8pm last Wednesday for Hurricane Matthew tips and help! If you still have questions that are specific to your home or community, the hotline is no longer available at WKMG, but you can still contact Collis Roofing at 877-COLLIS-1 and we will do our best to help you find any answers you need or direct you where you need to go.
Becuase we are still in storm season, if you have time and opportunity, we would encourage you to take a few precautions to have these items on hand so you are not rushed for the next storm:
- Have extra pet food, medications and cleaning supplies
- If you have an infant or toddler, check that you have all the necessary food, supplies and sanitary items.
- Make sure you have a supply of nonperishable food and cleaning supplies.
- Check that you have enough water for cleaning and drinking, as well as ensure that your important documents are in a water tight/water proof container.
- Having flashlights and batteries is safer than candles which can become a fire hazard. Flashlights can also prevent unnecessary injuries due to poor insufficient lighting.
- Have an emergency bag and meeting place in case of evacuation that is at least 50 miles inland and in case of separation.
Use caution when speaking with contractors who may pose as being local, licensed, insured and have Workers Compensation and do not sign anything or offering any monetary payments without checking these companies out. You can find out if a company is licensed by visiting the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation.
If a contractor is asking you to pull a permit on their behalf to “save money”, as this is often to protect them because they have no insurance or Workers Compensation, opening you up to potential personal injury, wrongful death lawsuits and more against your homeowners insurance and yourself personally should these workers become injured on the job at your home or business.
All contractors are required to collect the deductible on any insurance claim. While your insurance should pay for any legitimate claims for storm damage, any contractor that is offering you a roof for free without paying your deductible is felonious insurance fraud. Insurance fraud can also be caused by discounting your deductible or mechanical damage that the contractors cause to try and create false insurance claims.
Check the news for historical stories over the past few years on roofing contractors who already have a negative history with:
- Insurance fraud through false claims, mechanical damage and more
- High pressure sales and solicitation harassment in no solicitation zones
- Operating without proper licensing, insurance, etc.
- Using out of state products that do not meet the requirements of Florida weather for UV, humidity and algae, often coming from storm chasers or roofing contractors with offices outside of Florida
Ask for and check the authenticity of the following documents:
- License and insurance
- HAAG Certification from the estimators who are doing the actual storm damage inspections
- Ethical Trade Organization Membership such as CFRSA, FRSA, etc.
If in the unfortunate event that your home or business sustains any storm damage and you need to File a Claim for Roofing, Siding, Gutters, Drywall Repair, Skylights or request Emergency Tarp Service, etc., please call us at 1-877-COLLIS-1 from Monday through Sunday from 7am to 10pm.
You can fill out our Hurricane Matthew Storm Recovery Contact Form where you can either fill out a request for service or use our online chat with our customer service department. Our customer service representatives are here for you, and we at Collis Roofing are committed to helping you recover after the storm and make sure you are ready for the next one.
Collis Roofing, a family owned and operated roofing and home improvement contractor, has been here supporting Florida homeowners and business owners for 22 years with ethical practices, commitment to safety and consumer awareness and excellence in workmanship, and we will continue to be here in the years to come should you need us.