A hail storm can be dangerous. It can also cause serious damage to your most valuable asset-your home. Hail can cause wide spread damage to homes, cars, and other structures. A recent hail storm in Cullman, Alabama where homes and automobiles were destroyed is a local example. When the hail is large enough it can cause obvious damage as can be seen on The Cullman Times website where baseball sized hail came through windshields and puts holes in roofs. Damage from smaller hail can often go unnoticed. This is especially true on the roof of a home. Unless you have a leak you might not climb on top of the roof. Hail will damage the water shedding ability of shingles. Hail as small as a nickel can do some damage.
Choosing Reputable Roofing Contractors
When there is a hail storm you can be sure that “storm chasers” will be targeting neighborhoods. Roofing companies will send door to door salespersons covering the streets like ants. Many contractors will be in the area to service the needs of the local residents. You have to watch out for the scam artists and the “I will tell you anything to get your business” salespersons. Unfortunately, there is no perfect way to know if your roofing salesperson is a honest roofer or not.
Roof service and warranty
You should also be weary of anyone that does not work regularly within a short driving distance. Many storm chasers travel to distance localities to capitalize on storm hit areas but will they come back if there is an issue with the work? One thing you should ask yourself is “Will they drive to my home if there is a warranty issue?”. If you live in the Birmingham metro area, Cullman, Oxford, or Tuscaloosa you want to hire a contractor or roofing company that will take the time to drive to your home should you have a roof leak. During the hail storm that hit Hoover, Vestavia Hills, and Trussville in April of 2017 there were numerous out-of-town roofing companies that were canvasing neighborhoods and soliciting homeowners for roofing services.
How do you know if the roofer is local?
How can you know that you are talking to a local roofing company? Check the license plate of the vehicle driven by the roof salesperson. If they boast “we are working in your neighborhood” you should also drive by that particular job site and take a look at the license plates of those vehicles. Do a simple Google, Yahoo, or Bing search on the internet of the roofing company. This will let you know what area the company offers roofing services. A Google search will also provide you with helpful customer reviews and other local business pages that verify the location of the roofing company.
Important Questions To Help You Choose Your Roofer
What kind of questions should you ask your potential roofer? There are several questions that you should definitely ask. More importantly you should spend time speaking with the representative from the roofing company and get to know them. Simply asking the roofer a list of questions and getting a short answer (even if it is a good answer) is not going to give you much insight into the business practice of the roofing company. A roofing salesperson that is not interested in spending time to build a relationship with will not take of you through the roofing process of your home. Although the list below is not a complete list of questions to ask your roofing contractor it is a start to an important conversation that you should have with your potential roofer. You can also check out a post on this subject from our website.
- Do you have a proper business license?
- Do you carry proper insurance?
- How does the process work from beginning to end?
- Will you be installing the roof according to manufacturer specifications?
- Who will be completing the work?
- Can you provide references?
Quality products are essential for a good roof. Do some research on the products that your potential roofer is going to use. All roof installations are not the same and neither are roofing products. To meet all of the fine print in the shingle warranty certain products are required by the manufacturer. You can find these details on the manufacturers website. The manufacturer website will also have a lot of helpful information regarding hail damage to shingles. You don’t need to become a roofing expert but being familiar with the process will give you peace of mind. A good roofing company will use quality roofing products and give your home a beautiful update. Protect your home with a good roof as though it is a valuable asset, because it is.