Storms are just a part of life – especially in the Midwest. Many people joke that if you don’t like the weather in the Midwest, just wait a few minutes. But despite the joking nature of that remark, it does have a lot of truth to it, and our corner of the world is rife with natural disasters. And as we move further into spring, you can only expect more storms to blow our way.
There are a variety of types of damage that can be inflicted upon a building in the spring. Tornadoes, hail damage, thunderstorms, and heavy wind can all take their toll on your property. Not only can heavy storms damage your roof, but they can also tear apart other parts of your home such as the siding and windows. But the first step to take isn’t necessarily filing a claim with your insurance provider. After a heavy storm has ravaged your neighborhood, there are several things you need to consider.
Preparing to File a Claim
Instead of jumping to conclusions and filing a claim after a heavy storm because everyone else is doing, it’s in your best interest to reach out to a qualified professional to inspect your home. Even if a neighbor has received compensation for their claim, that doesn’t necessarily mean you will, too – there are just too many factors to consider. First and foremost, consider that homeowners have different levels of coverage with their insurance providers.
Secondly, it is possible that they sustained significant damage while your home only sustained minor damages. And there are a lot of factors that go into determining the total damages to a roof after a storm. The age of the roof, for one, plays a key role in the determination. However, there are other factors to consider such as the type of shingles and ventilation.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of homeowners who have filed insurance claims after a storm only because others in their neighborhood were doing the same thing. And because of the aforementioned factors, they didn’t receive any compensation. The problem is that the average homeowner doesn’t know what qualifies as proper storm damage. This is why it is so critical to have a trustworthy, local inspection service to rely upon after a storm blows through town.
Seeking Help After a Storm
They say that April showers bring May flowers, but the reality is that the rainy season is just getting started. There are going to be plenty more fearsome storms in the near future, so it’s prudent to prepare as best you can. The first step is to reach out to a qualified inspection service before you submit a claim. However, in the event that you have sustained significant storm damage, we are qualified to help homeowners recover with storm damage restoration and water damage restoration. We know firsthand just how heart wrenching and stress inducing storm damage can be, and we want to help alleviate these burdens by restoring your home.