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After the Storm:

Post Date:05/03/2018 2:30 PM

Listen closely and you’ll hear the sounds of chainsaws cutting through fallen limbs and trees all over Grandview. The cleanup is now underway from severe storms that blew through last night, Wednesday, May 2. Strong winds blew off shingles and sent limbs and trees crashing into buildings and cars. Unfortunately, something else often blows in after severe weather-- unlicensed and uninsured roofers looking for work. If you have damage to your roof or home, always consider the following information before hiring a roofing contractor:

  1. ANYONE WHO KNOCKS ON YOUR DOOR OFFERING SERVICES NEEDS A PEDDLER’S LICENSE. Some roofers target storm-damaged neighborhoods by knocking on doors, saying they noticed damage, then asking to take a look at your roof or offer a repairs estimate. In Grandview, NO ONE can knock on your door offering goods, wares or services unless they have a peddler’s license. Ask to see it.
  2. ANY ROOFER WHO DOES BUSINESS IN GRANDVIEW NEEDS TO BE LICENSED BY THE CITY. During this application process, we also require proof of insurance. This protects the property owner from any claims if a worker gets hurt while on the job on your property.
  3. ASK FOR REFERENCES. Ask the company for a list of references. You can also search the company on any website search engine and read reviews.
  4. THE CITY CAN NOT RECOMMEND ROOFING COMPANIES, or businesses of any kind, but we can tell you who is licensed in Grandview. Roofing contractors operating their businesses in Grandview are also licensed here. If you want to know who is licensed, it’s as easy as a phone call or email to (816) 316-4817 or acook@grandview.org.
  5. BEFORE ANY WORK IS STARTED, THE CONTRACTOR MUST PULL A PERMIT. This protects the work being done with a proper inspection to determine if the completed work is up to City code.

Last spring, our inspector caught dozens of crooked roofing contractors working illegally in Grandview. Protect yourself and your biggest investment by hiring licensed contractors.

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