You can count on a lot of things around the DMV, including traffic, natural beauty, all four seasons, and unpredictable weather! The latter may bring everything from high winds and hail to snow and ice, and wreak havoc on a home’s roof. In turn, the damage can oftentimes require repair work and even a full roof replacement. AccuWeather’s latest report suggests 2020 is shaping up to look like 2005… One of the deadliest and most intense storm seasons of our lifetime.
Let’s look at the types of storms you may experience in DC, Maryland, & Virginia and the damage they can inflict:
Hail can cause extensive damage, and the kind of damage varies depending upon the roofing material. Hail damage on a roof with asphalt or composite shingles, for example, can cause a loss of shingle granules and expose the roofing felt underneath.
Fortunately, most homeowner’s insurance policies cover hail damage, which is one of the most common homeowner’s claims.
High winds can damage roofs whether they’re accompanied by other harmful weather such as hail or not. Damage may include leaks, missing shingles, and more.
Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover wind damage, including tree-related damage caused by high winds.
Heavy rain can cause many types of damage to your home’s roof, including leaks, stains, rot, mold, cracks, and lead to the formation of destructive ice dams. Hurricanes, meanwhile, may cause much more extensive damage and ultimately require a full roof replacement.
Most standard homeowner’s policies cover rain damage (unless leaks are the result of negligence, such as a lack of regular maintenance). Policies usually cover damage caused by Mother Nature, such as hurricanes and tornadoes.
While snow on a roof provides some insulation from frigid temperatures, too much of it can cause structural damage and lead to ice dams and leaks.
Many insurance policies cover roof damage caused by severe winter storms, such as blizzards.
Ice dams form from melting snow and if left unchecked can lead to leaks that damage the interior of your home. Again, most insurance policies cover damage caused by heavy winter storms – which can lead to ice dams – but several variables, including the condition of your roof, affect the claim.
It’s no secret that tornadoes can cause significant destruction. A tornado can have a vacuum effect that sucks roofing material off of the house as flying debris also causes damage.
While homeowner’s policies typically cover roof damage caused by high winds, it may depend on where you live, the type and amount of coverage, and the cause of damage.
Thunder and lightning can blast shingles off your roof and may lead to a fire if it ignites the wooden beams underneath.
The good news is that most policies cover lightning strikes and the ensuing damage.
Well, what do I do if I have damage?
One of the first things you should do when storm damage occurs is to call your Professional Contractor. They will help you get prepared to contact your insurance company.
Your homeowner’s insurance policy should provide coverage for many types of damage, but your insurance agent will go over the policy with you and its specifics.
Here are six tips for filing a claim:
- Have your insurance policy with you when you call your agent or insurance company.
- Have a list of details with you that includes what type of storm caused the damage and the time it occurred. (This information should be provided by your contractor.)
- Discuss the procedures and deadlines for filing a claim.
- Go over all of the details about what repairs – or possible roof replacement – your policy covers. (This information should be provided by your contractor.)
- Set up an appointment with the insurance adjuster as soon as possible. Your adjuster will inspect the damage and cost of repairs. Always make sure that your roofing contractor is there at the same time to ensure an accurate claim gets filed.
- Talk to your agent about the claims payment process, including how it will get paid.
The importance of working with a Local Contractor:
Choosing a qualified, dependable roofer is of the utmost importance when storms damage your roof. The roofer should not only be able to handle the necessary repairs – or roof replacement, if necessary – but understand the insurance claim process completely.
Perhaps most importantly, you should choose a local roofer when storm damage occurs, because homeowners often become inundated with “storm chasers” who target homeowners but don’t stick around to support their work after it’s finished. Leaving them high and not so dry.
There are a few other reasons for hiring locally:
Local contractors understand and comply with local building codes and requirements.
It’s easier to choose among contractors near where you live. You can set up face-to-face meetings and get references from other customers who live in the area.
It’s also easier to develop a long-term relationship with a roofer who’s from the same area. A relationship with a local roofer lasts well after the repair work is done.
You need an experienced, reliable roofer when handling storm damages to the roof of your home. Orion Home Improvements has the experience and knowledge you need! Call us today to complete a Home Inspection and Estimate any repairs needed ahead of the 2020 Storm Season. Don’t get caught out in the rain!