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Consumer Alert: How to avoid roof rip offs

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A consumer alert for anyone faced with replacing their roof after last week's hail storm.

Roofing expert Greg Cannon recently published a book on this very subject, "Storm Damage Secrets."

Cannon joined us in the studio with some timely advice.

He said one of the most important things residents need to know is that Oklahoma doesn't require roofers to be licensed.

That means just about anyone can advertise to get on top of your home, even without proper tools or training.

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Cannon said to find out of a roofer in local or from out of state.

He also said homeowners should plan in advance for roof repairs.

There are actually ways to avoid upfront costs in storm recovery.

Cannon warned contractors will often say they will deduct your insurance deductible from the bill but that is illegal.