Roofers and insurance companies busy after weekend storms

Saturday night in the Austin area, the weather got a little bit rough.
Before long, some parts of the radar turned purple.
You know what that means...hail.

FOX 7 meteorologist Zack Shields had quite a bit in his backyard.  He says some parts of the area saw 60 to 70 mile per hour winds and nickel to quarter sized hail.
Ralph Wilson with Wilson Roofing Company says Monday morning was a pretty busy time at the office.

"Lots of calls, the calls never stopped.  As soon as we would hang up one, another one would ring.  We had 4 people answering the phones," Wilson said.

In fact, Wilson says they haven't been this busy in years.

"Since 2009.  I mean when we get 2 or 300 calls in a day, that's a rare event.  We usually get 40 or 50 a day," he said.

He says some callers just want them to come out and check for hail damage.  Others need more immediate help.

"We've got a guy that lives in Lakeway...his car was totaled and his roof was definitely going to be totaled," Wilson said.

Wilson Roofing is a Better Business Bureau accredited business.   But as the BBB points out, some so called "roofers" will  try to scam you.

"Certainly the kind that BBB typically sees are the door to door scams where the contractor will come, they'll take a lot of money up front and then they'll never show up," said Erin Dufner with BBB.

The BBB says the bottom line is to call your auto insurance or homeowners insurance provider first.

They'll arrange a meeting with an adjustor to check on your car or roof.
Insurance agent Kenneth Hausmann says his Monday morning hasn't been inundated with calls about car damage.  But he's had several calls about roof damage mainly due to the wind.
He says with hail or wind damage, there's no looming deadline.

"You have a year from the time of the hail to get it repaired so it's not a big rush, you don't have to call someone within 24 or 48 hours or something like that," Hausmann said.

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