How To Handle Hail Storms When They Hit
The hail storms last month have once again created a flurry of activity for building owners and roofing contractors. Here are just a few points of advice:
• Start with your insurance company. While a roofing contractor can point out evidence of storm or hail damage, an insurance adjuster will be the one to determine a claim settlement.
• If the roof isn’t leaking, be patient. Hail damage won’t make most roofs leak immediately. Consider this first, find the right contractor for the project. There is no need to rush into the project. Once the insurance company has approved the settlement, understand that patience pays.
• Don’t bid out insurance claims. Be careful giving an insurance claim to the lowest bidder. Working with a qualified and certified contractor is more important when restoring property. Commonwealth Roofing Corp. has worked with many insurance companies to help the homeowner get proper restoration of their roofs. Consider this theory when hiring a contractor for restoration. Fast, Good or Cheap. Pick Two. Good + Cheap = Slow. Fast +Cheap=Inferior. Good + Fast =Costly. While a roof system could be a bit more costly, it is protecting all the assets of the facility or home. Something to strongly consider.
• Verify that the roofing contractor is an established local contractor. Check references, BBB, and the Kentucky Roofing Contractors Association. There is no licensing of roofing contractors in Kentucky or Indiana, but KRCA.org has a list of KRCA Certified Contractors who are established, insured, bonded, and agree to continuing education and the KRCA Code of Ethics.
The roof on your home or business is one of its most important assets. Don’t be pressured or rushed into a contract that might not be the best in the long run. As always, call or email if we can help.