When the last of the brightly colored leaves cling tightly to otherwise bare trees, you know that winter is coming. It’s a sad state of affairs, but happens every year, just like clockwork. The
Finding A Reputable Roofer After Storms
Dated: March 27 2019
Spring has finally sprung in North Texas! Unfortunately, along with it so have spring hail storms. While there’s not much that can be done to prevent hail damage to your home, precautions should be taken to protect your wallet and your home from less-than-honorable contractors. After a large storm, contractors that don’t specialize in roofing, or out-of-state contractors will flock to the area and go door-to-door to solicit business. Some have unfortunately have collected insurance payments without completing the work.
The state of Texas doesn’t require roofers to obtain any licenses, but many major cities do require permits for soliciting and some before doing the work. However, for those who don’t live in a city requiring permits, or live outside of city limits, it’ll take a little more effort to weed out the storm chasers. If your home has sustained any damage during this recent storm, or does in future storms we’re bound to experience, ask around for recommendations and do some research into the contractors you’re considering. Verify that they’re part of a legitimate, established company with a physical address that can be independently verified. Check to see if the company is listed with the Better Business Bureau. Organizations like the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association are also good resources. Local Realtors will have some trusted roofer contacts as well, since they frequently encounter roof damage during the inspection phase of a home sale or purchase.
Once you’ve found a trusted roofer with a reputable company, schedule a roof inspection. Most roofers will do this for free. Upon completion, the roofer should review their report with you and show photos of the damage. Photos should clearly show damaged or missing shingles, dents in gutters or vents, etc. Also look at the edges of the photos to see if you can make out neighbor’s homes, yards, or other surroundings to ensure that the photos did in fact come from your roof. If the damage is significant, you’ll likely need to file a claim with your homeowner's insurance company to pay for the repairs or replacement. If the estimated cost to repair damages falls below your insurance deductible, skip the claim, as the insurance company will pay out only after the deductible has been met.
After major hail storms, it’s always a good idea to have your roof inspected by a pro so that you can address problems early on and potentially avoid further damage from a leak.
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