You don't have to look very far to find evidence of a roofing scam. It seems, after every summer hail storm or high-wind event that wreaks havoc on roofs, there's a trail of warnings and accusations in the press. You might even call it an image problem for roofers, and it has spawned a slew of legislative actions: Last year, Tennessee passed a law requiring roofers to provide detailed information about their company and to inform residents about their rights to cancel contracts. Similar measures to increase consumer protections against roofing contractor fraud have been passed in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

In this context, the actions of one roofing-company good Samaritan stand out, as perhaps the best antidote possible to the havoc roofing scams wreak on the legitimate roofer's image.