If you have just experienced a hail storm at your home or business, you may be asking yourself “What do I do now?, What should I expect?” These are very common questions, as this can be a confusing time. Most home and business owners are not expecting to have to deal with the aftermath of a storm, so we hope this information will be helpful for you to navigate the road ahead.
The first thing to do is to be safe. During a hail storm or immediately after is not the time to try to inspect the property. As some roof systems can be very high and difficult to navigate, this is best left to professionals.
Once the weather has subsided and things have calmed down, a walk around the property is in order to see if there are any immediate concerns that need to be dealt with. Leaks, branches on the roof, or other issues that continue to cause damage will need to be dealt with quickly. Give us a call immediately so we can come make temporary repairs.
Prepare for “Contractors”
Depending on the size and scale of the storm, you may soon experience an onslaught of contractors coming to your door. A sizable hail storm will bring many out of town contractors, as well as many individuals acting as contractors. While a number of these contractors are legitimate, many are not. They are often inexperienced, uninsured, and have been known to be unscrupulous. Many of these individuals will offer deep discounts and “too good to be true” deals to secure some business before they leave the area. Unfortunately, these deep discounts come at a cost – either from the contractor not being insured, using sub-standard materials, using inexperienced labor, or all of the above. The problem with this is that you, the homeowner or business owner, are left with a less than quality job protecting one of your largest assets.
Another key item to keep in mind is that the State of Texas does not require a contractor to carry insurance. Some companies are able to offer lower prices because they do not carry the overhead of insuring against damage or injury while on your property. Should damage or an injury occur, your home or business insurance policy will be used to pay for those damages. Should the policy not carry the coverage needed, you personally may be responsible for the remainder. This is a dangerous risk to take for what seems to be a good deal.
How to Choose?
You are best served by selecting a contracting professional that is local, that is experienced, that maintains high standards of quality, professionalism, and integrity, and is insured. Praus Construction meets all of those criteria. Give us a call today for a free inspection, and let us take care of the rest.