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There are times when what you don't know won't hurt you. BUT THAT IS NOT TRUE WHEN IT COMES TO STORM DAMAGE REPAIRS. It takes an expert to see the damage that a storm may have caused. This damage may result in future problems. It takes an expert in insurance jargon to represent you, the homeowner, so that you get what you paid for. Waiting to see what will happen only means that your rights to file a claim may be lost.
MYTH # 1 - I looked at my roof and didn't see any problems, or my roofer inspected it and there are no problems.
FACT - Roofing systems must be physically inspected by someone who has training and experience to determine if there is actual hail damage. Insurance companies send their adjusters too special training so they can properly identify hail damage to property, unfortunately there is not much ongoing training for the roofing or home inspection industries.
MYTH # 2 - I'm not missing any shingles so I must not have damage.
FACT - Missing shingles are related to wind damage claims and can happen during a hail storm if the winds are high enough. However hail damage is insidious in nature and may not physically cause leakage for years after a hail storm.
MYTH # 3 - I only have 1 year to file my insurance claim.
FACT - Many insurance companies do have a one year time limit and some even less, however due to the nature of hail damage they may pay claims past the deadline. This usually happens if a hail storm is widespread geographically.
MYTH # 4 - My roof is new so it's covered by the manufacturer's warranty, home builder, or contractor.
FACT - Manufacturer's specifically name hail as an exclusion to their product warranty, so do home builders and roofing contractors. Newer roofs can actually be more susceptible to hail damage versus older roofs due to the time it takes a new roof to cure from exposure to the elements.
MYTH # 5 - I was told my roof has minimal or very little damage and therefor I don't need to file a claim.
FACT - If your roof has any damage what-so-ever you have a valid insurance claim and should file with your insurance company. Damage might not cause your roof to leak for years. This is why it's important to have a qualified person inspect your roof.
MYTH # 6 - My insurance company will cancel my policy if I file a claim.
FACT - Most states prohibit insurance companies from canceling policies for filing claims arising from severe weather related events. Check with your state however and your policy language as well.
MYTH # 7 - If I don't file my claim, my insurance company won't raise my rates.
FACT - After a disaster, insurance companies may raise everyone's rates. By not filing your claim, your personal rate increase is paying for everyone else's damage except yours.