Hail Storms in Fairfax VA
Residents of Fairfax, VA may know what to do during rainy springs, snowy winters, and high winds, but do you know what to do if a hail storm hits your home? Hail stones can produce a lot of damage that isn’t always immediately visible. This can be confusing for a lot of homeowners; has your roof sustained damage, and if so, what do you do about it? Thankfully, there is someone who can assist you during this time – a qualified local contractor.
Why Hail Storms Can Be Confusing
Hail stones can come in a lot of different sizes. Some are so tiny, they’re more like frozen rain drops that pieces of ice, while others are large enough to play baseball with. The majority of hail stones tend to come in sizes between these, however, which is where the confusion lies.
Tiny hail stones may bounce harmlessly off of surfaces, and generally don’t leave any lasting damage behind. Large hail stones tend to leave very obvious damage that you can see at a glance. But those medium sized hail stones can do a lot of damage – and it isn’t always obvious.
If you’ve seen signs of damage in other areas of your yard or neighborhood, such as tree limbs and leaves ripped off trees, or small dents in the roof of your car or on your patio furniture, chances are that your roof has sustained damage as well.
Unlike your car roof or your trees, however, you might not see this damage right away. This is because when the hail stones struck your roof, they did two things to the shingles that you may not recognize unless you’re trained to do so.
First, the hail stones may have struck the mat of your shingles hard enough to bruise it. These bruises can mean that the integrity of the shingle is compromised, and it may begin to deteriorate at a faster rate than it would have otherwise. And second, when the hail stone struck, it may have loosened up the layer of granules that covers the top of your shingle. Those granules are what protects your shingle from the elements and helps it stay in good shape. Over time, rain and those high winds that Fairfax is known for could wash away those loosened granules. Now your shingles are exposed to the weather, which means that just a few months after the hail storm that you didn’t realize had left damage, you could start seeing water coming into your home.
Having Your Roof Inspected
The only way to know for sure if your roof has sustained damage, and if that damage is significant enough to warrant an insurance claim and a new roof, is to have your roof inspected by a qualified local contractor. You contractor can help you determine whether or not the hail stones that fell in your area have struck your roof, and whether they did so hard enough to damage your shingles.
Your contractor can also help you determine whether or not there were enough strikes on the roof for you to need a roof replacement, and whether there are enough strikes for your insurance adjuster’s calculations. Each adjuster has a formula they need to follow, dividing your roof into sections and counting the number of strikes in each one. You need to have a specific amount of strikes per area to get your claim approved; your qualified local contractor can help you make that determination before you even have the adjuster come out. Your contractor can also be present when the adjuster comes to help make the case for you, and help take you through the claims process.
Avoid the Storm Chaser
Keep in mind that not all contractors are the same, and that many who you may meet in the aftermath of a storm aren’t looking out for your best interests. Storm chasers are contractors who travel the country to take advantage of homeowners who have had homes damaged in a storm. They’re after your insurance money, and will often leave you high and dry, either waiting for them to begin the work, in the middle of a job if a bigger storm comes by somewhere else, or after the roof is complete if there’s a problem and they’ve moved on to where you can’t reach them.
Always make sure that your contractor is right for the job by:
- Asking to see a local driver’s license and license plate
- Asking for state licenses and insurance
- Asking for at least three, recent, local references
- Checking them out on the Better Business Bureau
Remember not to sign anything until you’ve had a chance to ask for and see these things, and not to fall for high pressure – and possibly illegal – sales techniques to get you to do so.
Call for a Free Estimate
Northern Virginia Roofing has been working in the Fairfax, VA 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 and Avoid Getting Ripped Off. The eBook is available on Amazon – and 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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