Property owners know that, sooner or later, they will probably need the services of a good roofer.  The average roof in Dallas/Fort Worth is replaced about once every seven years, thanks to our weather. Trouble is, with so many options out there, it’s hard to distinguish the reputable, professional roofers from the fly-by-night opportunists looking to make a quick buck. Windtop Roofing owner Carl Ellis, who was once a Real Estate agent, understands. He says there are four questions every owner should ask before hiring any roofer:

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A freak hail storm a few years ago completely wrecked the tile roofs of the historic Swiss Avenue neighborhood. (Photo: Amy Curry)

A freak hail storm a few years ago completely wrecked the tile roofs of the historic Swiss Avenue neighborhood. (Photo: Amy Curry)

By Phil Crone
Special Contributor

Make no mistake, storm season in North Texas can be a scary experience, even for lifelong residents. Especially this time of year, we are no strangers to hearing the eerie wail of tornado sirens or posting photos of hail that confirm to the rest of the nation that everything is bigger in Texas.

For storm victims, the scariest thing next to the storm itself is cleaning up and getting their lives back on track. These fears are well founded. Smashed cars, personal belongings scattered about by Mother Nature, and leaky roofs from every subsequent rain create a feeling of vulnerability one can only imagine unless they’ve been through it themselves. Vulnerable people are the prey of the lowest of segments of our society and, in the contracting world, we call those storm chasers.

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