|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||CONTACT: BETH WANG|
|OCTOBER 2012||(800) 323-9545, ext. 7592|
NRCA PROVIDES RESOURCES FOR ROOF SYSTEM REPAIRS OR REPLACEMENT FOLLOWING HURRICANE SANDY
Rosemont, Ill.—As Hurricane Sandy hits the eastern and Northeast U.S., damaging homes and buildings and affecting millions of people, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) would like to remind consumers seeking post-hurricane roof system repairs or replacement to be mindful of disreputable roofing contractors. Often following a natural disaster, unprofessional contractors will try to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners and building owners. If it is necessary to hire a roofing contractor, a consumer should keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Price is only one criterion for selecting a professional roofing contractor; professionalism and quality workmanship must also be considered. Homeowners and building owners should take some time to evaluate potential contractors before any reroofing work begins.
NRCA has developed the following checklist to help consumers select professional roofing contractors.
A professional roofing contractor should have:
Building owners can read NRCA's Guidelines for Selecting a Commercial (Low-slope) Roofing Contractor or download NRCA's Roofing Contractor Qualification Statement. Homeowners can read NRCA's F.Y.I. Buying a New Roof and Getting Your Money's Worth or download NRCA's Residential Roofing Contractor Qualification Form. Homeowners also can view NRCA's Guidelines for Selecting a Residential (Steep-slope) Roofing Contractor.
NRCA also provides a listing of its members in its Find a Contractor website section. Consumers can search the database by ZIP code, roof system type and radius to find NRCA contractor members. For additional information, homeowners and building owners can access the consumer section of NRCA's website at www.nrca.net/Consumers.
Additionally, NRCA and Chicago-based CNA have made available an Emergency Planning Bulletin at www.nrca.net/rp/safety/ins/0811_emergency.pdf. The bulletin emphasizes the importance of being prepared for hurricanes and flooding. It includes information regarding how to prepare for these emergency situations, as well as a suggested flood checklist and suggested hurricane checklist to help prioritize actions to take during such situations.
NRCA is one of the construction industry's most respected nonprofit trade associations and the voice and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy. It represents all segments of the roofing industry, including contractors; manufacturers; distributors; architects; consultants; engineers; building owners; and city, state and government agencies. NRCA's mission is to inform and assist the roofing industry, act as its principal advocate and help members in serving their customers. NRCA continually strives to enhance every aspect of the roofing industry. For information about NRCA and its services and offerings, visit www.nrca.net.