Knowing who to trust after a hail storm

hailstorm damage roofHail storm season in full swing

Over the past couple of months, we have experienced several hail storms from Gastonia to Charlotte to Concord. If you experienced any of the severe storms, you are probably wondering if you can expect a roof leak as a result of hail damage. As a home or business owner, there are certain things that you should look for, such as dents in the roof vents and flashing, or cracks in skylights. Those are obvious clues, but some of the more subtle hints of roof damage may be present such as granules missing on asphalt shingles, cracked shingles, or dented shingles. However, rather than guess, or wait for the rains to come, the most prudent thing to do is to contact a local roofing contractor for a comprehensive inspection of your roof.

Unscrupulous contractors

Make sure that you are dealing with only local, reputable roofing companies because during storm season, there are contractors known as “storm chasers” who take advantage of individuals and businesses that have just experienced severe weather conditions. Usually, these contractors are from out of the area, or from out of state. They are never consistently available, and are impossible to track down if you discover that their work is incomplete or incorrect. They often charge for imaginary or unnecessary work, bill for work that has not been completed, or promise that your repairs will be covered by your insurance when in actuality, they are not. Avoiding storm chasers is also avoiding paying twice for repairs that really need to be made.

These unscrupulous, fly-by-night roofers will go as far as to deliberately inflict damage to a roof or siding to try to get as much money as possible. You may ask yourself, “How can you protect yourself from being taken by these scammers?” Be sure to check out contractor reviews on consumer protection websites such as Angie’s List. Also check with your local Better Business Bureau. Look for the highest rated companies with a history of taking care of their customers.

Reputable roofing contractors will never show up on your door step and tell you that your roof needs repairs. Be wary of anyone who comes to your door and tells you that you need work done on your home. Unless part of your roof is missing, it is not possible for anyone to definitively tell you that they can see damage to your roof from the street. Most storm damage, even from hail storms is not visible from the ground. Always ask to see a roofing company’s proof of workers compensation and liability insurance.

Choose the best Charlotte contractor

Ultimately, it is important that you get to know and trust your Charlotte roofing company. Choose a local contractor who has plenty of recent references. Make sure you feel comfortable with the contractor. Look for professionals who will take the time to answer your questions and address your concerns.

A dependable roofing contractor for hail storm damage

Advanced Roofing and Exteriors has been helping homeowners and businesses prevail over hail storm damage in the Charlotte area for over two decades. They are accredited with an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau. Examine them on Angie’s list, and you will not only read glowing reviews from contented customers, but you will see that they have also received multiple years of Super Service Award.

They hold extensive experience with insurance adjusters; they also are highly rated by the top material manufacturers in the country. In fact, Advanced Roofing and Exteriors is a certified installer for many of the largest material manufacturers in the industry. They have long established relationships with companies such as Owens Corning, CertainTeed, GAF, and Tamko roofing products. They are a premier Charlotte roofing company. Give them first consideration when you call roofing companies about hail storm solutions for your roof.