ON YOUR SIDE: Beware of roofing scams after storms

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- With a lot of people must repair damage from tornadoes and floods, the Kansas Attorney General's Office is reminding everyone to choose their contractors wisely.

“After storm damage, our instinct is to clean up and make repairs as quickly as possible,” Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. “When considering roofing work on a home or business, it is important that consumers make sure their roofing contractor is properly registered before signing any contract or having any work done.

Schmidt also recommended requesting a copy of the roofer's registration certificate and then check his office's consumer protection website to make sure that registration is still active.

In addition, he offered these tips:

  • Get recommendations and references;
  • Get at least three written estimates from different contractors;
  • Check contractor complaint records with the Better Business Bureau;
  • Understand your payment options and right to cancel.

      The agency's Roofing Registration Unit has even reached out to many local officials who were in the way of this week's storms to help them respond to contractors and consumers' questions.

      Anyone who has problems with roofing contractors or other transient companies can contact the Consumer Protection Division at 800-432-2310 or go to inyourcornerkansas.org. They also ask anyone who comes in contact with an unregistered person or company trying sell their roofing services to report them to the division.