SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Body shops know what to expect after severe weather like last weekend’s hailstorm.
“It started before we opened today, around 7:30 a.m. the phone started ringing, people asking if they could come in and do estimates,” Chad Melton said.
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Melton is just one of the workers at Barker’s Frame and Collision who say they’ve seen everything Mother Nature can do with cars.
“Cracked windshields, dented edges, every time there’s a hailstorm like that, it gets interesting. You know, you’re going to get a lot of calls the next day,” Melton said.
While it’s important to check the exterior of your car, it’s also important to check the exterior of your home.
Nathan Skinner says he’s been inundated with roof estimates.
“I sure have some work to do,” Skinner said.
Skinner says his roofing company. Skinner Roofing typically receives 20 calls a week.
“As of Saturday night, my very first phone call so far, I’ve had 114 scheduled inspections and going from one to the next. I can do about 15 a day.”
Skinner said if you get your home checked even if you haven’t been hit by the worst hail, you could save money later.
“Water can actually get under the shingles and run down the slope. Whenever there is water under your clapboard, it can get into the attic and then you start having problems with your home’s decor,” Skinner said. “It’s really important to catch it before a bunch of water starts pouring into your house.”
He adds that finding a certified roofer that you can trust is important.
“Missouri doesn’t require a license to be a roofer. It also doesn’t require a license to be a contributor,” Skinner said. “There are so many different opinions out there that someone who actually has certifications to actually inspect properly is important.”