There are many answers to this question. If you know you have had a severe storm in your area, and/or you see your neighbors getting work done to their home, it is a good possibility you could have damage as well.
If you are asking this question it is a good idea to contact a local reputable company (Legacy Roofing) to come out and give a completely free inspection.
Often time damage from a storm is not visible to the untrained eye. That’s why it is very important that after a storm you have a qualified roofing contractor to come and inspect your home. Legacy Roofing does this service for free.
In most cases you have one year from the date of the storm to file a claim, However all policies are different and some state you have as little as six months. The best thing to do is call a roofing contractor soon after the storm to do an inspection.
Filing a single claim should not raise you premiums especially from an “act of God” However if a region is hit by a major storm the whole regions premiums could go up
You do not have to have a roofing contractor to file a claim, however it is beneficial to have a trained contractor on site to meet with you adjuster so nothing is overlooked and you get a fair assessment of the damages. Legacy Roofing will meet with your adjuster to ensure the fair adjustment.
This is a very important question and decision.
Research the company. Check out the company website tomake sure they have a location within 50 miles or so of your property, and local landline phone numbers. Qualified contractors will also carry high levels of credentials will the three major material manufacturers (Owens Corning, GAF, CertainTeed).
You should find a contractor who is in accredited with the BBB and will readily supply you with insurance, workers compensation, references, etc. upon your request.
Legacy Roofing is an Accredited Member of The BBB, carries the highest credentials with all major material manufactures, and voluntarily shares all other information stated above during the process.
ACV means “Actual Cash Value.” This is what the damage to the property is worth at the time of loss.
RCV means “Replacement Cost Value.” This is what the insurance company will pay after all the work in completed. The first ACV check will get work started and after the work is complete the contractor will file for depreciation and another check will be sent that equals the RCV.
“Storm Chasers” are disreputable regional or national companies, which give the roofing industry a bad name. They are evaluating storms throughout the country and dispatching sales teams to areas recently hit by large storms. They work on getting as many houses under contract as possible and then immediately move to the next storm area. They do not have any interest in their local reputation, quality of installation, or selection of good quality materials. These actions result in poor installations and homeowners with roof problems installed by a contractor that is no longer in the area to address.
“Storm Chasers” will position themselves to appear as a local company. Use some of the following items to help you easily spot a “Storm Chaser”
No this is false you as the homeowner can choose any contractor you want to do the repairs.
Legacy Roofing will work with you insurance company to determine the price and scope of work.
No a homeowner cannot profit from their claim. It is actually called insurance fraud witch is a class 3 felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to 5,000 dollars.