**Assignment Editors: AW can provide contact information for experienced, reliable local roofers available for interviews. To coordinate this and/or an interview with AnythingWeather representatives, call AW’s VP of Operations, Bill Combes at the number listed above.
Weather-tracking Company Helps Homeowners Avoid Scams
Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX (May 25, 2011) – The severe thunderstorms that blew through the Dallas – Ft. Worth metroplex May 24th have home and business owners assessing damages - and repair companies working overtime. One company that helps them all is AnythingWeather (AW), a weather-tracking company and data specialist that provides critical information to roofers, auto repair companies and insurance claims adjusters.
Several rounds of storms producing large hail struck the metroplex, with most of the large hail occurring from Springtown southeastward through Keller, Southlake, Grapevine, Farmers Branch and into Garland. Other areas affected were Ft. Worth, Arlington and Irving. After big storms like this one, homeowners are often deluged with ads offering free roof inspections and assistance with their insurance claims. Most of these companies, even the out-of-towners, are reputable. However, a few bad apples have left some people afraid to work with door-to-door roofing contractors. AnythingWeather works with legitimate companies, providing weather-tracking services like HailWatch and StormSWATH. AW’s meteorologists offer the following tips so homeowners can avoid scams and find reliable, experienced roofers to handle insurance claims and re-roofing jobs. The best advice is to get up to three bids for the work. Here’s how to recognize a reputable roofing contractor:
• should look professional and provide references and a business card
• should never ask you to pay up-front and in-full for any work
• should be able to show you a copy of their contractor’s license and insurance coverage
• should never require your signature on a contract that is not complete with details and fees
• will provide a reasonable price that covers all materials, ventilation and clean-up
About AnythingWeather and HailWatch: AnythingWeather Communications™
AnythingWeather.com is the key website that functions as the primary source for current weather conditions, forecasts and alerts from AW’s entire weather network of more than 18,000 locations. In addition to AnythingWeather.com, AW operates HailWatch.com, SevereAlerts.com, AnythingWeatherStore.com, ResortWeather.com and CoachellaValleyWeather.net.
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Since 1995, the HailWatch™ family of services has provided storm reports, HailSWATH analysis and storm reporting services to roofers, insurance companies, adjusters, paintless dent repair and contractors.