During the holiday season, and through the early weeks of January, we've experienced numerous wind and rain storms across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI that have caused widespread power outages and travel disruptions. Those winds have also caused damage to roofs throughout the Maritimes. Some homeowners have only experienced minimal damage, with a few missing shingles. Others have not been so lucky, with entire roofs needing extensive repair or even replacement.On social media platforms today, many people look for recommendations from family and friends for individuals or companies that can help. And certainly those recommendations can help point us towards a trustworthy company, and sometimes a really good deal. If a company has done great work for someone you know and trust, that referral is a great source of information. However, we also see referrals to individuals who may be ‘handy’, but don’t have the appropriate qualifications to do complicated repair work. As a homeowner, you should be aware of the risks and liabilities of hiring anyone other than a qualified roofer - even for just a small repair. Sometimes, what appears to be significant savings up front can end up costing a lot more in the long run.Click here for BBB's tips on what you need to know before hiring a roofer.And don't forget to try BBB's time-saving Request a Quote service. Simply enter your requirements into the form, even including photos if it helps show the work you need done. Then you can select up to ten BBB Accredited Businesses in your area that will contact you to discuss the work. Just click here to get started.