Charles and Wilma Winkler saved the hail that damaged their Spartanburg County home two weeks ago. They have two bags of the golf ball sized hail in their freezer. Just 20 minutes of it caused extensive damage to their roof, gutters and siding.
"Five minutes after it quit, I was on the phone," said Charles.
He was calling his insurance company to file a claim and find a reputable contractor to do the work.
Zack Greene, owner of Carolina Contractors says this is his busiest time of year. He says that also means competing with crews from out of state that may not be licensed or disappear after getting paid.
"They are very aggressive. They are hard sellers," said Greene. "They'll get a local office, $500 a month, set up and call themselves a local company."
Greene says never pay up front before the job is complete. And do your homework by making sure the business is licensed and checking their references.
Even if you don't see damage to your roof after a hail storm in your neighborhood, consider getting it checked.
"If you don't and a couple years down the road, they find out that there is more damage and it was caused by the storm previous, the insurance company will call it homeowner neglect and they may not cover it a couple years later," said Greene.
To make sure a company is licensed, check with the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
Also, check the company's rating with the Better Business Bureau.
And don't rely on verbal promises. Get everything in writing in your contract.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office continues to be silent on specific reasons why its 3rd-in-command was fired Thursday.