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Clay County Hail Storm November 2016 – 4 Steps To Take If You Live Here

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4 Steps To Take If You Were Hit By The 2016 Clay County Hail Storm

 

If you live in or near the Liberty, Gladstone, or the Staley Farms area, then you may have heard about the hail storm that took place on November 2nd. Or perhaps you were home at the time to hear the sound of large hail pelting on your roof.  The Clay County hail storm has left homeowners in your neighborhoods reporting substantial damage to their houses and property.

This is the kind of hail that you don’t want to mess around with. At over two inches in diameter in some areas, this hail has left many roofs in your neighborhood with extensive hail damage. Not only that, but this kind of hail devastation leaves homes vulnerable to further expensive damage down the road. A roof with hail damage leaves your home susceptible to leaking, leading to possible water and mold damage.

So, what do you do if you live in the Clay County area? Here is the zero-headache process for making sure that your home is taken care of.

 

1.  Call A Local, Reputable Roofing Contractor

How do you know who to call? Here are a few points to guide you through the decision process.

Reputation

Trust word of mouth. Whether it be your neighbor who had a great experience with their new roof installation, or by going to online reviews. Word of mouth goes a long way in giving you peace of mind in choosing who to hire for the job.

Test Of Time

Make sure that the roofing contractor you choose is based out of your area, and has been working in your city for more than five years. This way they are around to help if any issues arise down the road.

Local Jobs And Experience

A local contractor will also have a portfolio of jobs completed in your area for you to see what kind of work they do. As well, they will be familiar with local requirements and licensing.

 

2.  Schedule Your Free Hail Inspection

Once you’ve found a local, reputable contractor in your area, set up an appointment for them to perform a free hail inspection. A good contractor will be flexible and able to work within your schedule. And although they should perform a thorough inspection, it should not take up too much of your time.

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3.  Get Your Insurance Involved

If you haven’t already, make sure that your home insurance agent is in-the-loop about your possible hail damage. Sometimes this is the first step taken, and the agent themselves can point you in the direction of a contractor that they have worked with in the past. However, you are welcome to hire the contractor of your choice, giving you the ability to vet out possible out-of-town “storm chasers”, or newer companies with less experience and reputation.

It will save you a lot of time and headache to work with a roofing contractor who is highly familiar with, and even trained in Clay County hail claim situations. This is a question that you can ask up front on the telephone. They should be willing to work with your insurance, able to meet with your insurance agent at your home during the inspection, and know how to get you any and all compensation that you may be entitled to.

 

4.  Make Sure Your New Roof Is Under Warranty

Finally, when making your decision on what type of new roof to have installed, make sure that you also include a warranty. The fact of the matter is that here in Kansas City, hail storms are not an anomaly. In 2016 there were several large storms leaving many homes both North and South of the river damaged (Check out our updated hail map here) And it’s bound to happen again in coming years. It is best to make sure both the workmanship and materials on your new roof are covered by warranty. Click here for everything you need to know about roof warranties.

So there you have it. 4 steps to take if you live in the Gladstone, Liberty, or Staley Farms area. Unfortunately, if your home is in these neighborhoods, there is a fair chance that you have roof damage. Fortunately, you have good options for having that damage assessed and repaired. Contact us today to schedule your free hail inspection for this week.

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