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Hailstorm inundates area roofers

For Guilderland residents, the end of summer means school is back, football season and possibly a leaky roof, once the winter settles in.

The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau are offering advice to residents: Check your roof for storm damage. A July 16 hailstorm has left a number of homes, and cars with damage, and in time that damage could lead to leaks from rain and melting snow. While the damage on the cars is more visible, a damaged roof is not as easily spotted.

The organizations are also offering advice when it comes to shopping around for a contractor. With so much damage, contractors from around the country have set up shop, and while some residents have expressed mistrust of companies that are not originally from Guilderland, there are plenty of honest contractors to choose from.

Guilderland Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kathy Burbank offered some advice to the residents affected by the recent hailstorms.

Don't panic if a roofing company comes to your door, check a reference or two from the company, and don't sign anything you are not comfortable with. Many roofs were damaged, and need to at the least be looked at, but you don't have to sign a contract to just get you roof looked at, Burbank said.

Peggy Penders, public relations manager with the Better Business Bureau also weighed in.

"It brings the best in people who are helping each other, but it also brings the scammers," she said of a weather related event.

She said it is not uncommon for out of area contractors to come in after a storm to set up shop.

"Consumers definitely should be aware of a door-to-door solicitor," she said. "That's just more homework for the consumer," she said.

She said businesses in the BBB are always a good choice, but they are not the only choice.

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