• November 22, 2014

Heights, Killeen residences need $24M for repairs after storms

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Posted: Saturday, June 7, 2014 4:30 am

A March hailstorm left Harker Heights and Killeen residents with more than $24 million in roof repairs, with those figures expected to rise.

Estimators for Killeen-based Lange Roofing are working six days a week examining rooftops across the area, said owner Jaysen Lange. Calls for estimates have yet to slow and will probably last for several more months.

“Right now we are doing 20 to 25 houses a week,” Lange said. “We have over 450 contractors for roofs to be done. We are already booked until October.”

Insurance adjusters also continue evaluating damage to homes in the area, said Kimberley Curb-Bridenstine, a local Allstate insurance agent.

“They are still very busy,” she said. “The rental property owners have been coming in, and then neighbors when they are seeing new roofs going up in their neighborhood are calling us.”

In Harker Heights, more than $12.1 million in reroofing contracts were issued since a March storm dropped golf-ball-size hail on the city, according to city permit reports. Between April 28 and May 2, the city issued 250 reroofing permits. And between May 26 and 30, there were 148 more reroofing projects permitted.

Killeen granted reroofing permits worth more than $12 million since the storm, including 196 between May 23 and 29.

“I am scheduled for five houses a day all the way to October and November right now, and that is if (there’s) no rain and no bad weather,” Lange said.

But despite the growing number of jobs, Lange and Curb-Bridenstine said there is no reason to rush to get a roof fixed.

It could take months or years for hail damage to affect a home, so people shouldn’t feel pressured into using a roofing company just because they can get to them right away, Curb-Bridenstine said.

“Most insurance companies give you a year to use the money,” Lange said. “Call and schedule an appointment and be patient.”

People should use companies they trust that are available to handle any warranty guarantees in the future, Curb-Bridenstine said.

“My biggest fear is that an out-of-town roofer will replace their roof and then (the home owner) can’t find that person in a year if they have an issue with the repair,” Curb-Bridenstine said.

Consumers also should be wary of contractors who are requesting money up front or ask to see insurance paperwork before providing an estimate, Lange said, explaining they may ask for the full amount an insurance company will pay instead of what a project will cost.

People also should avoid roofers who offer to deal with an insurance company themselves.

“You shouldn’t be scared to deal with your insurance agents,” Curb-Bridenstine said. “We are here to help (our clients).”

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