Our weekend weather was one for the books! I was waiting for Jim Cantore to show up in his Weather Channel issued garb at any time.
Friday evening the Shreveport-Bossier area got hit pretty hard by hail, rain and wind. It was the hail that got our attention the most. According to stormsite.com*, there were reports of 1″ to 1.75″ sized hail stones falling in various locations. We were pummeled pretty well in south-east Shreveport.
Did you know that the American Meteorological Society and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety did a study from 2012-2014 on hailstones? They studied everything from the size, shape and spherical ice spheres. (Yeah, I am not sure what spherical ice spheres are either.)
The largest hailstone they measured in the study was a whopping 4.2″ in diameter. I am hoping that this particular stone landed somewhere insignificant and not on someone’s head.
At any rate, with the storm that happened on Friday, I would like to encourage my friends to check on the condition of their roofs. Hail damage can be serious and roof issues can completely shut-down a sales contract. Now is the time to see if you need to have work done.
#1 Record the date and time of the storm. Many of you posted on Facebook so that will help track this.
#2 Scour your property for damage. Take photos or video of leaks or leaking roofs, leaks around chimney and fireplaces inside the home. Damages to outside appliances such as AC units, dents in the roof, missing shingles or torn shingles. Sheared off tree limbs, torn shrubs, trees and plants. Broken and damaged windows, trim and railings should also be noted.
#3 Find licensed roofers and licensed contractors to evaluate your property and give you written estimates. This service should be absolutely free so, beware of signing anything that holds you to pay for their services. Having an inspection will make your life easier when it comes time to make a claim with your insurance company. If you can, get more than one estimate. Please know that most legitimate local roofing contractors do not knock on doors after a storm. Take your time in selecting a reputable contractor. Contact the state licencing agencies and the Better Business Bureau if you aren’t sure.
#4 Get in touch with your insurance carrier to file a claim. After you’ve submitted your claim, they will likely send an adjuster to your home to assess the financial damage. It’s not uncommon to have your contractor meet with the adjuster.
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