Hail Storm Chantilly, VA
If you live in Chantilly, VA, you’ve probably experienced severe weather from time to time. But what kinds of severe weather really impact your home, what when should you call for a roof inspection after a storm has passed? Because most people aren’t intimately familiar with their roofs, or what roof damage can look like, it can be a confusing time after a storm. Learn why hail damage should always be taken seriously and your roof examined after a hail storm to ensure no major damage has occurred.
What Hail Stones Do
To the untrained eye, a roof that’s been hit by hail stones may not look much different than a roof that hasn’t – until some time has passed and the elements expose the damage. This is because your shingles are made up of a layer of granules covering an asphalt mat.
When a hail stone strikes your roof, it won’t necessarily break or crack a shingle, or do anything else super obvious unless it’s very large. Instead, what likely happens is that the hail stone ends up bruising the mat, helping to speed up its deterioration.
The hail strike also may have loosened up the granules on the surface of the shingle. These granules may look a lot like the ones around them, but the next time it rains, some of those loosened granules may come off and wash away. Over time, enough granules may wash away that the mat is exposed to the elements. Now, it can begin deteriorating at a much faster rate, which leads to things like water infiltrating your home.
And long before you see a leak, this water can begin to lead to serious problems in your attic such as wood rot and black mold. So by the time you realize that damage has occurred, it’s often much worse than at the time of the original storm. It’s also very hard to prove that this damage can be traced back to a storm months after it’s occurred as well, which is why it’s so important to have your roof inspected in a timely way after a hail storm, and if damage is found, to file an insurance claim as well.
Getting Your Roof Inspected
Your first step to determining if you’ve had hail damage is to have your roof inspected by a Qualified Local Contractor. Your contractor can help point out what damage has occurred, and help you file an insurance claim if necessary. Remember that most contractors have done a lot of business with insurance companies over the years; they know what the insurance adjuster is looking for when they come to inspect the damage, and they can help point out some of the damage that may not be as obvious.
If your contractor feels that there is enough damage for you to file a claim, it’s usually in your best interests to do so. Remember that hail storms are considered an “Act of God” so your insurance company can’t drop you if you file a claim. And unlike your car insurance, your premiums won’t go up just because you filed. They can go up if your neighbors file, however, even if you do not, so if a big storm has been through your area your best bet is to file a claim if your contractor recommends it.
Why Hire a Qualified Local Contractor
You’ll have a lot of contractors to choose from after a major storm, particularly because there is a group of contractors who do nothing but follow storms around the country hoping to make a quick buck off of other people’s misfortune.
By hiring a Qualified Local Contractor (QLC), you can ensure that your contractor:
- Has local ties to the community, including state offices, licenses, insurance, and references
- Can be reached if there is a problem; they often have better, longer warranties and can stand behind them
Hiring someone from out of state, or who doesn’t have the right licenses, insurance, and manufacturer’s warranties means that you could be left with unfinished work, and without anyone to call in the event of a problem.
Call for a Free Estimate
Northern Virginia Roofing has been working in the Chantilly, VA for more than 50 years. We’ve handled more than 2,000 hail damage repairs and have some of the best warranties in the industry – 25+ years. We’ve got an A+ rating at the BBB, and can help you deal with your insurance company.
We’ve even written the book on hail damage – The Ultimate Hail Damage Guide for Homeowners: Learn the Storm Damage Industry Secrets and Avoid Getting Ripped Off, available on Amazon – and we’ll give it to you for free.
Give us a call today for a free estimate to find out how easy it is to get your roof back into great shape.
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