After a storm hits, some roofing companies move into town and target neighborhoods looking for business.  They tend to use aggressive and misleading tactics in order to gain business, many times not knowing if there is any damage at all.    Some things to consider:   Be careful of any company that uses door-to-door sales or leaves a flier on your doorknob or in your mailbox, promising insurance compensation for repairs.     Phrases to watch out for:  "insurance companies are compensating" and "most homeowners are unaware of the storm damage on their roof".    Make sure to get verification of a hailstorm in your neighborhood.  the National Weather Service is a good independent source.  If there was a strom, find out how large the hailstones were.  It usually takes hail at least 1 1/4 inches in diameter to cause damage, with golf ball size or larger causing serious damage.    Look around your property before climbing on your roof.  is there hail damage to vehicles, siding, air conditioning units, or shrubbery?   If not, damage to your roof is unlikely.   Hail damage is random.  Unscrupulous repair companies may use a teaspoon, small rocks or hammers to fabricate damage.     A legitimate roofing company should be able to provide the following:   Local references and roofing testimonials, a business license, and proof of liability insurance.   Don't hesitate to call your insurance agent for advice and direction before letting anyone climb on your roof or signing any kind of contract.

Brent Cooper, Agent
State Farm Insurance
214 987-1995

Serving the Insurance needs of the Dallas Neighborhoods of University Park, Highland Park, Lake Highlands, Preston Hollow, Oakcliff, and Coppell.

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