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2015 Hail Damage in Atlanta area

Posted in Atlanta Hail Damage Information, Claims Guide, Roofing Articles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2015 by HAPS

Is this hail, a blister, tree damage, mechanical damage, or vandalism?

Okay, we had the first storm of the season where hail damage occurred on the Northern side of Atlanta.  If you live in a line from Marietta to Roswell to Johns Creek to Suwanee and surrounding areas you probably had hail fall near your home.

You may or may not have damage.  If you’ve lived in the area for 5 years you’ve probably been through this before. Either you chose not to pursue or you were denied on your claim.  Call us at 404-933-6610 if you suspect your home sustained storm damage and we’ll be honest in explaining the process and evaluating your situation..

HERE come the STORMCHASERS!

We’ve been doing this awhile.  When a hailstorm hits a town the companies ramp up the sales teams and the out of state companies move into town to offer claims services to homeowners.

Only word of caution here is…they generally do a good job getting your roof approved & handling the paperwork. They offer special deals, they make sure the job gets done, and you get a new roof.  Here lies the concern/Problem Many leave town after the claims die down and move on to the next “hot” area.  What do you do if you have an issue with your roof 6 months or a year from now?  Good luck with that.

We’ve been around this block before.  During the past 2 years hail damage claims have been few and far between in the Cobb, Fulton, and Gwinnett County area.  Many companies folded or moved on.  We’e hung around and have been doing leak repairs and roof replacements for out of pocket customers to “weather the storm” of few claims.  If a company specializes in leak repairs they generally know the roofing business…not just the claims business.

Unfortunately for homeowners alot of the repair work we’ve done over the past couple of years has been from poor installation from the big hail storms in 2009 and 2011 because the homeowner couldn’t reach the company who did the original work.  Note: this is not all companies, but there are a good number who are no longer around.

We’ve got plenty of experience dealing with insurance claims, we’ve got plenty of experience helping you get fair compensation for your roof (if approved) and we’re local so you can find us in the future if 1. You by some chance have an issue or 2 If you need other home repair services.

You WILL have plenty of “door knockers” and phone calls about getting a “free” roof.  Legally, you can potentially get a new roof paid for….but you do have to pay the deductible.

If it sounds too good to be true….trust your gut.

You are welcome to call HAPS at 404-933-6610 if you have any questions or if you would like for a LOCAL company who’s NEVER had a BBB complaint in 6 years.

In closing, these roof sales guys work hard canvasing neighborhoods so hopefully you will show them courtesy while kindly looking for an experienced local company with a proven track record.

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Large Hail Causes Damage Across Metro Atlanta Area March 2013

Posted in Atlanta Hail Damage Information, Claims Guide, Roofing Articles with tags , , , , , on March 18, 2013 by HAPS

Huge hail dropped on the Metro Atlanta area this week causing widespread hail damage across town.  Hail as large as 2.75″ dropped from the sky breaking windshields and causing damage to roofs. 

Numerous reports have shown storm damage has occured from hail in many areas including Stockbridge, Riverdale, Douglassville, McDonough, Newnan.  Not only did hail hit the newsworthy areas, we also have confirmed reports of hail in many cities across the Metro Atlanta area.

Any hailstorms which produce hail over 1″ in diameter can cause damage to roofs. 

We fully  expect the out of town storm chasers to rush into town in the next few days.  What does this mean to you, the homeowner?  First, you are in an area where insurance companies expect to pay for roof replacement.  That’s why the storm chasers come into town.  They know the percentages of approval of roof claims will be high for the next 6 months. 

Here’s the problem you don’t understand.  They will help you file the claim and they’ll help you get your roof claim approved.  Those are the good things.  The downside is…. the out of town roofing companies will use roofing crews they don’t know and don’t oversee.  Then in 1-2 years when you have a problem because of poor installation…. they will be gone.

Home Asset Protection Services, LLC is a local Metro Atlanta based company located in Suwanee, GA.  We have years of experience in the hail damage claims industry, we know the adjusters, we know the area, and we have references all over the Metro Atlanta area who had their roofs replaced from a hail damage or wind damage claim.

If you are interested in fair representation from an honest company call George at 404-933-6610, Geovani at 770-906-1356, or Louis at 678-886-9600; or fill out a free inspection request form at CLICK HERE.  We’ll arrange for a free inspection to determine if you have enough hail damage to warrant filing a claim, and we’ll assist you through the entire claims process from filing the claim to building the roof to dealing with the insurance companies.

Don’t make the mistake of dealing with a storm chaser from out of town.  Otherwise, you might end up like the many homeowners who have utilized our leak repair division to clean up the mess left behind from sub par installation.

Don’t wait until it’s too late.  There are keys to success when dealing with hail damage claims and the insurance companies.  Contact http://www.HapsAtlanta.com today.  

PS. For those of you who want to do your homework, feel free to read through this blog for more information on hail damage, roofing claims, and how the insurance process works when dealing with storm damage claims and insurance adjusters.

Atlanta Hail Storms 2012

Posted in Atlanta Hail Damage Information, Roofing Articles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2012 by HAPS

Did you know we’ve had 3 hailstorms in Atlanta area in 2012? We’ve also had wind events which have caused damage to homes in the Metro Area.

We keep detailed information on file in order for our claims managers to accurately assist homeowners who are interested in determining if their home has been impacted with hail damage or wind damage.  We don’t believe in filing claims if the area has not been impacted by hail storms, tornadoes, or straight line winds within the insurance companies’ time limitations.

If you contact us with your address we can determine if an inspection is appropriate.  CLICK HERE to submit a form with your contact information.  We will contact you if we see you are in a storm area.

If you have leaks please let us know so we can make arrangements to send a leak specialist who will diagnose the roof leak, determine the best solution to repair the leak, and tarp the roof  or repair the roof before the next rain storm.

Our inspectors have hundreds of  inspections and repairs under their belts.  We know the difference between hail damage, wind damage, and blisters, nail pops, or high nailed shingles.  We know how to stop leaks, and we have a ROOF TUNEUP package to help maintain your roof and preserve the life of your roof for years.

With claims we have an extremely high approval rating because of our experience on roofs, our experience with the adjusters in our area, and our ability to determine if claims are approvable.  We DON”T want you to put a claim on record unless you have a chance.

We can also offer detailed inspection reports for your insurance company or mortgage lender when required.

If you have roof issues call someone you can trust.  Call Home Asset Protection Services at 404-933-6610 or CLICK HERE to fill out your contact information via email.We fixed this leak through a combination of roof repair and minor gutter syste

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Is this hail, a blister, tree damage, mechanical damage, animal damage, or vandalism?

Stop your ROOF LEAKS before the damage gets too expensive.

Posted in Atlanta Hail Damage Information, Home Improvement with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2012 by HAPS

If you’ve noticed wet spots or brown spots on your ceilings you obiviously have a leak in your home.  In most cases these leaks are caused by problems on your roof or busted/leaking pipes.

Roof Leaks can cause major damage including drywall damage, insulation, damage, mold, and in extreme cases….damage to your flooring.

If you see signs of water damage on your ceiling contact us for a free inspection of your roof to determine what needs to be done to stop the leak.

We not only perform leak repairs, we also have ROOF TUNEUP PACKAGES where we do the following:

  1. Inspect your roof for areas of concern
  2. Seal exposed nails.
  3. Repair and/or seal all vents.
  4. Repair or replace all pipe boots and seal same areas.
  5. Repair damaged or missing flashing.
  6. Repair loose flashing at chimneys & walls.
  7. Replace up to 10 shingles
  8. Nail down and seal any nail pops.
  9. Caulk all toe board holes.
  10. Repair and/or caulk ridge vent.

Preventive maintenance IS necessary on your roof.  The best caulk (which we use) generally wears out after 3-5 years, so if your roof is at least this old it is probably best to have someone inspect your roof to determine if these services are necessary.  CLICK HERE FOR FREE INSPECTION.  When you click the link you will see a Free Estimate form to fill out which will forward your information to us.  We will have a representative contact you within 24 hrs to make an appointment to inspect your roof.

Home Asset Protection Services (HAPS) is a full service home repair and home improvement company in the Metro Atlanta area who specializes in roofing, siding, drywall repair, painting, decks, flooring, wood rot repair, windows, doors, etc. so feel free to request other services throught the same contact us form, or call us at 404-933-6610.

We have references throughout the Metro Atlanta area as we have repaired or replaced roofs in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Acworth, Buford, Cobb, Conyers, Cumming, Decatur, Dekalb, Duluth, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Gwinnett, John’s Creek, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Norcross, Roswell, Sandtown, Smyrna, Snellville, Sugar Hill, and Suwanee.

Your home is most likely one of you biggest assets.  Let Home Asset Protection Services, LLC (HAPS) help you protectyour asset to give you the piece of mind in knowing your home will last.

HAPS Top Roofer in Dunwoody in 2011

Posted in Atlanta Hail Damage Information, Home Improvement with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2011 by HAPS

We were so excited to hear that our company, Home Asset Protection Services, LLC (HAPS) has been recognized as one of the top residential roofing companies in Dunwoody/Sandy Springs Georgia for 2011.

According to the City of Dunwoody code compliance department, HAPS rebuilt more roofs in this lovely city than just about every other roofing company.  We take great pride in this accomplishment as we greatly value our relationship with the citizens of this community.  City Code C0mpliance Inspector Phil Paulin commented, “I keep a close watch on the roofing companies who come into our fine city, and I trust George Hearn and HAPS more that any other company.  When I inspect their jobs I know they are doing to job right; and therefore I know with confidence they are taking good care of the citizens of our community.”

Our company,  Home Asset Protection Services, LLC is a full service Home Repair and Home Improvement company who services the North Metro Atlanta area.  Owner George Hearn states, “Dunwoody and Sandy Springs are #1 for us for a reason.  Almost all of our experiences in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs have been fantastic.  The people are kind, intelligent, and they care about their homes and their community.  Our high volume of roofing jobs is only the beginning.  We look forward to continuing to serve this fine community as our clients continue to maintain and/or make improvements to their homes.  The homes are beautiful, the city is thriving, and the citizens deserve to have a relationship with a company who cares about their clients satisfaction more than the almighty dollar.”

If you are considering Roofing, Painting, Siding, Flooring, Tree Removal, Kitchen/Bath upgrades, drywall repair, or just about any other home project we hope you’ll call 404-933-6610 for a free consultation and estimate.

Our company is built on trust and courtesy combined with a committment to going ‘over and above’ our requirements to ensure our clients are satisfied.  These relationships result in great referrals, repeat business, and satisfaction by the homeowner’s and the company.

If you have NOT had your roof inspected, call us at 404-933-6610 for a free inspection to determine the condition of your roof.  If we find storm related damage…we will assist you throughout the entire claims process from start to finish.  If you don’t have damage, we will advise you accordingly so you will not file frivolous claims with your insurance company.  We’ve seen many roofs with no damage where the homeowner filed a claim because a roofing company either didn’t have experience in identifying hail damage/storm damage, or they just had the homeowner file the claim in hopes it would get approved by the insurance company.  We think this is unfair to the homeowner.  Our approval ratings are in the 90% range because we don’t file them unless we feel there is a decent chance of approval.  We don’t guarantee approval because the claim can only be approved by the insurance company.  Their opinions are subjective based on the adjuster who runs the appointment.  With HAPS, we also treat the insurance adjusters with courtesy and honesty; and this reputation has served us well in the field.

Home Asset Protection Services, LLC (HAPS) is locally owned and operated out of Suwanee, GA.  Please visit our website at http://www.homeassetprotectionservices.com for more information; or call us at 404-933-6610 if you would like one of our representatives to assist you with any upcoming project.

April 2011 Storm Damages Metro Atlanta Homes

Posted in Atlanta Hail Damage Information, Claims Guide with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2011 by HAPS

Another large group of storms hammered the Metro Atlanta area in April 2011 causing hail and wind damage to roofs in many areas.  Our inspectors have seen some significant hail damage in certain areas which confirm storm reports from local media.  This is the third big storm this year so the hail and wind damage claims business is picking up dramatically.

The April 2011 storm dropped hail up to 2.5 inches in certain areas with many homeowners reporting hail “covering their driveway”.   We are finding approvable damage in certain zones; and we are seeing an increase in hail and wind claims being approved in these zones.  If you would like to know if your home is in the hail area call 404-933-6610 or Click Here to fill out a reply form to set up an appointment with one of our claims reps to discuss your options.

Unfortunately, we are also seeing a lot of out of town roofers coming into town to work these storms.  We advise homeowners to be careful when deciding on using a roofer/claims services company to represent them during the storm.  While the out of state companies are adept at determining damage and getting claims approved….once the storms are done they leave town and the homeowner is stuck if they have a problem with their roof.  We see it ALL the time.

Since Roofing Claims are picking up we would like to take some time in this article to cover a few topics which we see every day, but the average homeowner has little knowledge of….

1. When we ask homeowners if they have had their roof checked (for free) to determine if they have suffered from hail damage to your home so many homeowners answer this question with the simple answer of “I don’t have leaks” :  Truthfully, hail doesn’t generally cause leaks at the time of the storm unless we see softball sized or broken windows.  Hail damage does cause a breakdown of the shingle which eventually allows water to pass through and damage your home.

If this is the case why do insurance companies pay for roof replacements if the hail damage doesn’t cause leaks.  The answer is actually simple.  If hail damages your shingles, you don’t have leaks now…but you will.  The insurance companies pay to replace the roof to prevent further damage to the interior of your home.  Waiting for leaks could add up to thousands if drywall, painting, mold, insulation, and/or furniture gets damaged. 

2. My neighbor got a new roof so I must have hail damage or wind damage:  Not true.  We see storm damage on one house and little damage on the neighbor’s home quite oftern.  Much is determined by many factors including age of the roof, tree cover, type of shingles, direction of storm, location of home, and obviously size of the hail.  The only way to determine if you have storm damage to your roof is to have it inspected by a company with EXPERIENCE in dealing with storm claims.

3. I was told by a roofer he/she could see that I have hail damage from a ground inspection.  This is crazy unless you live in Texas or Oklahoma where the hail is often big enough to go through the roof.  These roofers are saving time, playing the numbers game, and having you put a claim on file without regard to your relationship with your insurance company.  Don’t put in a claim without an inspection.  Call 404-933-6610 if you would like your roof inspected in the Metro Atlanta area.  We have built many roofs in areas such as Alpharetta, Acworth, Atlanta, Austell, Cumming, Dunwoody, Fairburn, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, John’s Creek, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Marietta, McDonough, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Snellville, Sugar Hill, and Suwanee.  

4. My roofer guaranteed me I would get approved:  Nope, not true.  The insurance company approval is up to the adjuster, not the roofer.   While we know what should be approved, there is no guarantee.  Approval of hail damage for roof claims is totally subjective opinion based on the opinion of the adjuster; and I promise you…the opinions are all over the board.

5. I’ve been denied so I know I don’t have damage;  This one is tricky.  Because adjusters opinions are different you may have one say you have damage and another say you do.  Have you ever had different feelings/opinions on bad day vs good days?  Also, our experience shows that approval rates are much higher right after the storm vs. 1-2 years after the storm. 

6. I don’t need a company experienced in claims services to represent me.  I’ll do it on my own. – Go ahead, but understand you may have just decreased your chances of approval by 30-40%.  Rarely do we see a roof with damage on every shingle.   It’s easy to find no damage on a roof with a lot of damage.

7. All roofers are the same.  Not true.  We see some ugly stuff out there.  Scammers who take the money and run, partners who fight, companies who cut corners on materials or use inexperienced labor at cheap prices in order to give away deductibles, fly by night companies who don’t deal with complaints.

8. The cheapest price is the best deal:  This applies in just about any industry…You get what you pay for.  We’ve seen roofs with no felt, 2 nails per shingle, no flashing at the chimneys or walls, no starter shingles, inadequate ventilaton, no caulking at exposed nails (ridge cap) etc.  Don’t make this mistake.  The roof is one of the most important parts of your home.  Do it right.  After all, a good roof should last 20 years with no storm damage.  If you don’t believe us, talk to someone who has leaks.

9. I want my roof done without paying a deductible: See #8.  Also, see House Bill 423 regarding new legislation relating to this activity.

10. I’ve had my insurance for 20 years without putting in a claim.  This will help me get approved:  Not true.  The adjuster doesn’t look up how long you’ve had the policy.  They look up if you’ve put in a claim and if so, they look at the inspection results and pictures to see if your roof has been incurred more damage or if you made repairs from previous claim payments.

If you would like to know if your home has hail or wind damage call HAPS at 404-933-6610 or visit our company website at http://www.homeassetprotectionservices.com to arrange for a free inspection.  If we find damage, we’ll help you through the entire process.  If you don’t have damage, we’ll tell you you don’t.  If you need maintainence even if you don’t have damage, we’ll let you know. 

Your shingles are supposed to last 20-50 years, but other parts of your roof don’t.   In fact, we suggest roof maintainence every 2-3 years.  With this plan we change pipe boots (they rot), recaulk areas needed (caulk only holds up for a relatively short period of time, inspect flashing (it can move), and deal with rotten siding issues. 

We hope this article helps you understand a little more about our industry.  We hope you’ll call us at 404-933-6610 if you would like an inspection of your roof, if you have questions regarding your home, or if you have other home improvement projects where you are looking for someone you can trust for honest opinions, quality workmanship, and competitive pricing. 

Home Asset Protection Services, LLC (HAPS)                                                                                         Suwanee,GA  30024                            404-933-6610

March 26,2011 Hail and Wind Storms Damage Metro Atlanta area, hail claims expected to rise dramatically.

Posted in Atlanta Hail Damage Information, Claims Guide with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2011 by HAPS

Severe thunderstorms pounded the Metro Atlanta area on Saturday causing major Hail and Wind Damage across the Metro Atlanta area. 

Early reports show hundreds of thousands of dollars of hail damage incurred to homes, vehicles, and other property throughout the area.  Hail up to 4″ in size will bring catastrophic insurance adjusters in town just to help keep up with the influx of insurance claims to be filed. 

Homeowners who have incurred damage will need to move quickly to avoid long waits for insurance adjusters to schedule appointments.  It can be an overwhelming process for someone with no experience in this area. 

At HAPS we have tremendous experience in this area.  We’ve helped homeowners get hundreds of thousands of dollars in claims approvals from hail and wind damage.  We have great relationships with the insurance companies, we have great relationships with our clients, and we have great expertise in making sure you are represented fairly.

There are many out of state companies who will rush into town,  push to get your claim filed, cause man made damage to try and cheat the insurance companies, take your checks and run, use work crews with little or no experience…and then leave town to never be found if you have problems with your roof in the future. 

We are locally based in Gwinnett County, we have climbed and inspected hundreds of roofs, we invest in high tech reports to verify when and where the hail storms hit your area, we know the difference between hail damage and blisters on your shingles, we are honest in our opinions of damage, we don’t ask you to file a claim unless you have at least a 60% chance of approval, we meet with the insurance companies to make sure YOU are represented fairly, we use experienced crews with decades of roofing experience, and we go over and beyond in our roofing process to make sure your roof will last.

If you would like an honest opinion on your roof call 404-933-6610 to schedule an appointment today or CLICK HERE to contact us.  One of our claims managers will meet with you and help you through the entire claims process.  Our experienced roof inspectors will assess your damage and advise you on your chances of approval.

If you suspect you may have incurred hail or wind damage from the March, 2011 severe thunderstorms in the Metro Atlanta area; you need to act fast.  Our experience has shown that the early claims get approved more often than the claims filed months after the storm since supervisors don’t have time to micro manage adjusters during the busy periods. 

Call 404-933-6610 ASAP to set an appointment today or visit our website at http://www.homeassetprotectionservices.com for more information.