The weather is changing here in Austin!
If you’ve been through a hailstorm recently and have some hail damage to shingles, you may be wondering what to do next. It’s important to make sure your roof is strong and secure, but don’t feel rushed or pressured into any decisions, especially if you are approached. Be aware that there are "fly by night” roofers who want to force you into a decision fast. We are here to tell you that, more often than not, making a quick decision is unnecessary.
In most cases, after a hailstorm, the underlying structure of the roof is left undamaged. As loud as it is and as fierce as it can look, the majority of hail damage to shingles isn’t that serious. Your roof will still protect your home with superficial damage caused by hailstones. A few individual shingles may need to be replaced if they are deeply cracked or dented by a direct hit.
Even if you’re missing shingles, you usually have weeks – not days – to fix the problem. Of course, Longhorn Roofing welcomes your business and wants you to be comfortable and safe in your home.
Take Your Time When It Comes to Deciding On An Austin Roofer
When it’s time to choose an Austin roofer, be sure you’re working with someone reputable. After any storm, scam artists who claim to be contractors prey on homeowners like you.
These people often go door to door looking for roofs that need work. They offer a "limited-time" reduced price in exchange for payment in cash. However, the work never gets done. They are soon on to the next location. You will never see them – or your money – again.
Many of these scams have become more sophisticated over time.
Disreputable companies may have trucks or vans with official-looking logos. They may take credit card payments on a mobile device. Sometimes, they even present homeowners with a local 512 phone number. Remember, anyone can choose any area code when they sign up for a new cell phone. This doesn’t mean they’re from the area or have a registered business!
Don’t let anyone force you to decide about your roof right away. While any suspected damage should be checked out, only severe storm damage needs to be repaired immediately. In most cases, you have the time you need to get in touch with several local roofers and make an informed choice.
When It’s Time to Repair Hail Damage to Shingles, Call a Company You Know
Vehicles, a logo, a website, a friendly demeanor – none of these add up to a roofer you can trust. Take your time to check any roofer’s references both online and off. Third-party reviews like those on Yelp or Google will help you get a sense of what your neighbors think of a company.
Remember, what can look like a great deal at first often ends with lots of unexpected charges, delays, and low-quality work. Always know who you’re dealing with and get all your questions answered before you commit to any roofing project.
For advice from professionals that you can trust, contact Longhorn Roofing.