Hail Storms McLean, VA
Residents of Mclean, Virginia are no strangers to severe weather. Northern Virginia is often subject to wind speeds far above the national average, along with rainy springs and snowy winters that can bring their share of damage. Unfortunately, it’s often the less common storms that do the most damage, such as hail storms. But if you don’t experience something often, you may not know what kind of damage to look for, which makes dealing with this type of storm far out of the ordinary.
Dealing with a Hail Storm
If you’ve had a hail storm hit your home, it can be a confusing and overwhelming time. You may notice damage such as dents on your car, and you may end up wondering what shape your roof is in. You may also see your neighbors beginning to have contractors coming out to assess their homes, which can leave you wondering if this is something you should be considering as well.
While hail storms can bring a lot of uncertainty, however, it’s best to be sure you’re prepared to take the steps necessary to protect your home. Hail can inflict a lot of damage on your roof – damage that might not be apparent right away, but that could lead to things like leaks in those rainy McLean, VA springs.
Therefore, it’s in your best interests to get a qualified, local contractor out to take a look at your roof right away. Your contractor can help you with everything from assessing the damage to filing an insurance claim, so you can trust that your roof is in the best condition possible, even after a storm hits.
What Hail Stones Can Do
The reason you may not notice a problem right away is because the hail stones typically don’t leave very large damage behind. Instead, what they may do is either bruise the mat of your shingles, weakening them, or the hail strike may loosen up the protective layer of granules on the surface. Over time, rain storms can begin to wash these loosened granules away, leaving your shingles exposed to the elements, and causing them to deteriorate at a faster rate. Eventually, rain will begin to find its way indoors, where it can cause things like mold and wood rot, as well as water damage – all of which are much harder to deal with than the initial problem by itself.
Bruised mats and loosened granules can be hard to spot if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Therefore, while you may think your roof is in good shape, it could be deteriorating right before your eyes. That’s why having a contractor out to assess it in a timely way can be so important.
Beware Of Storm Chasers
Unfortunately, not every contractor you may meet after a hail storm is qualified, local, or looking out for your best interests. Many contractors exist who travel the country looking for storm damage – and the insurance money that often follows. Known as storm chasers, these contractors do not have your best interests in mind. They want your insurance money, and to get it they may resort to illegal tactics such as offering you money back from the claim, or hiring a local contractor to use things like his name and license.
Protect yourself by asking for the following to be sure you can trust who you’re dealing with:
- A driver’s license and license plate to see where this contractor is from
- At least three local, recent references so you can check their work
- References from local suppliers to ensure they have no liens against them, and that they have established community ties
- State licenses and insurance
- References from manufactures so you can be sure they’ll get you the best warranty out there
If your contractor can’t provide you with these things, or if you feel pressured to sign, you may want to look for a different contractor.
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Northern Virginia Roofing has been doing business in the McLean, VA area for more than 50 years. We’ve handled thousands of hail damage repair jobs, and have dealt with hundreds of insurance adjusters. Northern Virginia Roofing has one of the best warranties in the industry – 25+ years, and we have an A+ rating on the BBB.
We’ve also written a book on the topic of hail storm – the Ultimate Hail Damage Guide for Homeowners: Learn the Storm Damage Industry Secrets and Avoid Getting Ripped Off – which we’ll give to you for free. Click here to download the eBook.
So call today for a free estimate and let us help you get your roof back into the condition it was before the storm hit.
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