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Lake Zurich warns of bogus roofing contractor 'feeding frenzy'

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  • Lake Zurich was one of several communities hit by hail the morning of Saturday, April 12. Hail measuring 1.75 inches in diameter was reported there.

       Lake Zurich was one of several communities hit by hail the morning of Saturday, April 12. Hail measuring 1.75 inches in diameter was reported there.
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Lake Zurich government officials are warning residents to be leery of bogus roofing contractors they say are seeking business from residents whose homes recently sustained hail damage.

Kyle Kordell, a management analyst and deputy village clerk for Lake Zurich, said in a release Thursday the community needs to be alerted about a "feeding frenzy" that's occurred in neighborhoods since the April 12 hailstorm.

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So-called roofing contractors have been going door-to-door circulating contracts to residents whose homes have visible damage, Kordell said. He said the deals often have not appeared to be in a resident's best interest.

Kordell said many contractors seeking the roofing work are from out of state and have misrepresented themselves and their activities.

"In addition, they are not registered with the building and zoning division as licensed contractors to do the work they are saying needs to be done, nor are they registered with the police department as solicitors," Kordell said. "Some of these solicitors are printing up business cards with fictional Lake Zurich addresses, portraying themselves as local contractors."

Lake Zurich was among several Northwest suburbs hit by hail as severe thunderstorms rolled through the area late in the morning April 12.

National Weather Service spotters reported hail of 2-inch diameter in Algonquin and Barrington, 1.75 inches in Lake Zurich and Palatine, 1.5 inches in Carpentersville and Lake in the Hills, 1.25 inches in Huntley and Long Grove, and 1 inch in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Hoffman Estates and Wheeling.

About 15 cars were reported damaged in the front parking lot at Motor Werks of Barrington as a result of the hail.

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