The residents of the Grand Strand are lucky in the fact that Hail Storms are not often a common occurrence in the area, however they do occasionally occur and they are often unexpected, as was the case with the most recent event that occurred. On May 31 and June 6 2019 a massive downpour of hail affected many areas of the Grand Strand including Conway, Loris, Longs, Myrtle Beach,North Myrtle Beach, Surfside, Socastee, Murrells Inlet, and Carolina Forest. It is quite likely that most home and business owners will have many questions regarding what to do when hail strikes their property. Some of the most common questions are:
*How does Hail damage my property?
*How do I know if my home has been affected?
*How do I know if and when I should file and insurance claim?
*How can I make sure that I am hiring the right roofing company to handle the job?
Let’s examine these questions and help you gain a proper understanding of what you need to know about hail damage.
So How Does Hail Affect Your Home?
The most common and the most vital area of your home that is often affected is of course the roof. The nature of hailstorms causes hail to fall in random pockets, so portions of your home’s roof may have sustained damage while other portions may not. It is also entirely possible some and not necessarily all of the homes in a particular neighborhood may have been affected. Do not
assume that because your neighbor’s houses have no damage that yours does not. Remember hail falls randomly there is no by a way to determine without an inspection which homes have been affected and which have not. When hail strikes your roof it severely compromises the integrity of your shingles. Even small to medium sized hail can crack, puncture, or rupture asphalt shingles. One of the most common occurrences to roofing systems in the loss of granules. Loss of granules can lower the effectiveness of your roofing system to properly shed water, and this of course can lead leaks down the road. Many people make the mistake of believing that the effect of hail damage is merely cosmetic, however it can lead to large future problems.
What To Do?
In order to determine if your home has sustained damage it is essential to have your home inspected by a local licensed and reputable contractor. An experienced contractor can easily determine if your home has been effected and can advise you on the next steps to be taken. It is very important that homeowners do not try to diagnose roof damage on their own. This can be dangerous for the obvious reasons, furthermore hail damage can often be difficult to determine and takes the trained eye of an experienced professional to spot. before allowing any person to inspect your roof, make sure that they are a representative of a local and licensed contractor. Often “Storm Chasers” from all around the country descend on an affected location and prey off of ill-informed homeowners by offering substandard services. When work is over these companies vacate and will often never be around again to warranty their work. For this reason it is essential that you have your home inspected promptly by a roofing company in YOUR area that has a fantastic reputation. Be sure to check the online reviews and customer testimonials of anyone who may potentially do any work on your home. If it is determined that your home has been affected by hail, it is often necessary to file an insurance claim and to get in touch with your adjuster as soon as possible. This can be a confusing a scary prospect for many people. For this reason it is essential to hire a contractor that can also assist you with the insurance claims filing. An experienced company that has a proven track record in the insurance restoration field can act on your behalf when dealing with the insurance company in order to assure that you receive the best possible repair or replacement available under the terms of your policy. Ask your certified inspector how they can help you when it comes to the insurance claims process as all situations are different.
Again the most recent Hail Storm that struck the Grand Strand was massive in scope and affected many areas along the South Carolina Coast in Horry County, The hail that struck the homes in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Carolina Forest, Socastee, Surfside, Garden City, Murrells Inlet, and Pawleys Island was dime sized to quarter sized in scope and capable of doing significant damage. Avoid costly repairs down the road and do not delay in having your home inspected!
For your convenience and peace of mind United Contractors Roofing is offering no cost Roofing inspections to check for hail damage to all homeowners in the Grand Strand Area. United Contractors Roofing has been serving your community for over 15 years and is an experienced Professional roofing contractor in the insurance restoration field.
Call us today free roof inspection at (843) 455-4350!