Hail Storms Falls Church
Residents of Falls Church, Virginia are no strangers to storm clean up. With some of the highest wind speed averages in the nation, and some very rainy springs, yard cleanup is one thing Falls Church residents can understand. That’s why throwing some hail stones into the mix can be so confusing. Hail stones may leave your yard in the same condition as a rain and wind storm, but they can also create a lot of unseen damage to your roof. Make sure you get your roof inspected by a qualified local contractor after every hail storm to ensure you don’t have hidden problems of your own.
Hail Stones and Your Roof
While hail stones can bring down some tree limbs and maybe even leave a dent or two in your car, it’s the less seen damage that can really cause a problem. This is because most of the damage that a hail storm will do to your roof isn’t noticeable to the untrained eye. In fact, unless the hail stones were the size of baseballs, you might not realize that your roof has been damaged until weeks or months later when it begins to leak.
When a hail stone strikes your roof, it essentially does two things. First, it can bruise or damage the mat of the shingle, which can cause it to begin to break down or deteriorate more quickly. Second, when the hail stone strikes, it may loosen up some of the granules covering the surface of the shingles. Those granules are what help protect your shingles from the elements; without them, your roof will begin to degrade quickly, allowing moisture to begin seeping into your roof deck. Over time, this leads to other problems such as mold, mildew, and wood rot, as well as the sudden problem of water leaking from your ceilings.
When a hail stone strikes your roof it may not remove those granules right away, which makes the damage difficult to spot if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Over time, however, the wind and rain of Northern Virginia will begin to wash those granules away. This is when the leak and other problems will begin to crop up. In fact, so much time may go by between the two events that you might never realize that it was the hail storm that lasted just five minutes that did it.
Get Your Roof Inspected
Because you may not realize what it is you’re looking for on your roof, it’s important to get it looked at by a qualified local contractor as soon after the storm as possible. Your contractor can take a look and tell you if the damage is minimal, of if this means you may need a roof replacement. In case of the later, your contractor can also help you navigate the insurance claims necessary to pay for the replacement.
When you file a claim after a hail storm, an insurance adjuster will divide your roof up into sections, then count how many hail strikes are in each one. Your contractor is used to working with insurance adjusters, so he can advise you as to whether or not your roof has enough damage to make a claim. And if the event that your claim is denied, your contractor can also advise you as to whether you should file an appeal, and when that appeal should take place to maximize your chances of success.
Waiting until your roof shows a problem can be detrimental, because now you not only have the original problem, compounded with things like mold and water damage that your insurance claim won’t cover. That’s why your first call after a hail storm should be to a qualified local contractor to come out and take a look.
Avoid Storm Chasers
Unfortunately, not every contractor that you’ll have contact with after a major storm is going to be qualified or local. Storm chasers are a group of contractors that travel the country to take advantage of homeowners who may be able to collect insurance money for a damaged roof.
A storm chaser is likely to leave you hanging, both while waiting for work to begin (while more damage is occurring) and after the job is over, when they may leave you with a lien on our home for unpaid suppliers bills or with no one to contact in the event of a problem.
Therefore, you need to be sure you check out any potential contractor that does work on your home, by asking for the following:
- A local driver’s license and license plate to show residence
- State licenses and insurance
- At least three recent, local references
- References from local suppliers or from manufacturers
- A good rating at the Better Business Bureau
A good local contractor will be able to provide you with all of this and more. So if you encounter a storm chaser, don’t fall for their strong arm tactics to get you to sign, and contact a qualified local contractor instead.
Call for a Free Estimate
Northern Virginia Roofing has been working in the Falls Church area for more than 50 years. We’ve handled more than 2,000 hail storm repair jobs, and can help you navigate your insurance claims. We have an A+ rating at the BBB, and offer one of the best warranties in the industry.
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 but we’ll give you a copy for free. Click here to download it.
Give us a call for a free estimate today and let us help get your roof back into the condition it was before the storm struck.
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