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  • How do I decide what shingle to choose?

    The choice of shingle is a personal one unless there are restrictive covenants in your area that make the choice for you. Often, storm damage leads to the homeowner asking this question. They don't just wake up and decide to change their roof. Usually, a big hail storm will have struck the Dallas Fort Worth area and now they are deciding what to choose, or perhaps a big storm has revealed leakage. The main concerns I see are:

    • Cost: for many people, this is of overriding importance to them. A three tab shingle will of course be the least expensive way to go, but will not have the curb appeal of a higher grade product.
    • Value: this is where other factors enter the equation. For most people, a shingle like the GAF Timberline will represent the best value with excellent long term wearability and good looks.
    • Color: "I saw a house that really had a great looking color on the roof; can you match it?" When I hear this, it usually means a homeowner saw a designer color roof that caught their eye.
    • Resale value: "I really do not want to spend much as I'm planning to sell soon." Look around at your neighbors' homes. If they have three tab roofs, it certainly will not make sense to put up a designer shingle in the neighborhood, and vice versa.
    • Insurance settlement: The insurance company will pay to restore your home to what it was. They will not pay for shingle upgrades.

    If you have questions, and you probably do, please feel free to call us or click on the contact form. We will be happy to help in any way we can.

    Filing a Roof Hail Claim
    in Dallas, Coppell, Garland, Irving, Arlington, Fort Worth, and Surrounding Areas

    • Filing A Homeowners Insurance Claim For Roofing Damage; Hail Damage To Your Roof In Dallas, Richardson, Mesquite, Garland, Plano, Coppell, Texas
      WHEN YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR ROOF

      When you think your roof may have hail damage, you are ready to take the next step.

      Nobody wants to file a frivolous insurance claim. That said, if you are seeing roofs going up around you and hearing the whack, whack, whack of nail guns and the drone of air compressors in your neighborhood, you know something is up. You remember hearing the wind howling, the lightning flashing, and the hail hitting your windows as you wondered if maybe the glass panes might shatter. Many of you know what I'm talking about. Those of you in Arlington, Fort Worth, Garland, McKinney, Flower Mound, Dallas and many other areas know what a damaging hail storm feels like. Sometimes I wonder if there is any area around that has not seen hail at one time or another. Now, days or weeks later, there is a lingering feeling about filing a claim. You are worried that if you file a claim, your insurance company will raise your insurance rates. You are wondering if it is even worth it since your roof isn't leaking and you didn't see the softball-sized hail they showed on TV. On the other hand, perhaps you are one of those ecstatic neighbors that are saying "I was really hoping for a big hail storm because I need a new roof." We see both extremes: those that are nervous and those that are eager and raring to go.

      The first step is to call your insurance company and file a claim. When a roofer is present, they will know the date to use for the claim and how to file it. The goal is to maximize your chances of approval of your hail claim. The person that answers the phone is not the adjuster; they are merely information takers. They will take down and submit the specifics of the claim, including the date and time, and then have an adjuster call you back to schedule a date to inspect your roof.

      Calling your insurance company to make a claim is extremely easy. Give them your policy number or, if you don't have that handy, your name and address so they can look your policy information up. Make sure your claim is for wind and hail damage and not just for hail damage! The insurance company will take down your story ask where and when the damage occurred. They will then issue you a claim number. Several days later, an adjuster will call you to schedule a time to examine your roof. Often, they will schedule a fairly wide window of time for their inspection, but you have the right to ask them tighten up the time period. You generally do that with the adjuster as the appointment time nears.

      The adjuster will introduce him or herself (yes, there are plenty of female adjusters climbing onto roofs) to you, give you a card if they have one, and ask to see any interior water damages you have if you reported them. They will then do a walk around. A good adjuster will make notes of peripheral damage such as damage to your air conditioner fins and other items on your property, because hail severe enough to do damage to your roof will damage other parts of your property as well.

      When they are done with their walk around, they will inspect your roof, looking for telltale signs of hail damage. Because there is no magic ball that allows them to look into the past and see what actually caused the scarring, the human element enters the equation. We are all humans and we have our own opinions, some of us moreso than others. Some people will claim to practically divine the past, reading the roof scars like tea leaves, and while most adjusters will see similar things, some adjusters see the world in a quite different way. You never know for sure what will happen. If someone is offering you guarantees, you may want to raise an eyebrow.

      You may elect to have a roofer represent you while the adjuster is present. You certainly do not need to have a roofer present when the adjuster comes, and in fact the adjusters generally prefer that you do not have a roofer present to question their calls. That choice ultimately is yours, not theirs, to make. I wrote my opinion on that matter here if it is of interest to you.

       

       

    Shingle Roofs

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    Hail Damage

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    Storm Repairs

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    Water Damage

    WeatherPro Roofing repairs and minimizes water damage from leaking storm damaged roofs in Garland, Plano, Richardson, Mesquite, Allen, Rowlett, Coppell, Highland Park, University Park, Balch Springs, Farmers Branch, Carrollton, Sasche, Wylie and will get there fast.

    Hail Roof Claim

    WeatherPro Roofing does Hail claims andinsurance adjustments in Garland, Plano, Richardson, Mesquite, Allen, Rowlett, Coppell, Highland Park, University Park, Balch Springs, Farmers Branch, Carrollton, Sasche, Wylie while assisting homeowners with their roof hail claims