What Do I Do If Hail Hit My House?
Posted by: Bauer Roofing
Tonight at roughly 7 p.m. a hail storm hit Lexington, Batesburg-Leesville, Chapin, Irmo and Columbia. Based on what part of Lexington and Richland county you live in, the storm lasted from 30 seconds to 25+ minutes and ranged in size from that of a blueberry to a couple inches. This information is based on reports from homeowners in the area.
The questions we are being asked, just like all the other times hail has hit, is "what do I do?" "Should I call the insurance company first or a roofing company?" " How do I know if I have damage or not?"
The answer to these questions is, call a local roofing company, but not just a random company. Call one who has Haag Certified residential roofing inspectors working for them. Haag is the entity that sets the guidelines for determining what is and what isn't hail and storm damage. It is the same certification your insurance adjuster will have if he is called to your property. You can call your agent first, but all he/she is going to do is tell you to have someone local look at it and determine if there is any damage.
Lastly, beware of Storm Chasers. They are in the area like a disease, infecting neighborhoods all over the Midlands of S.C. Please do your homework when choosing who to look at your property. Choosing the wrong shingle may be a little bit of a hassle, but choosing the wrong roofing contractor can lead to lawsuits and leaks in your kitchen or kid's bedroom.
Here are two articles for you to read on dealing with storms and choosing contractors.
Would you like your questions answered by someone who lives in Lexington county and has been roofing houses here since the 1980's, then click here or call 803-955-0374.
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