It was the hail storm roof damage scam guys.
My phone rings and it is someone who said a roofer came by the neighborhood and "he said the roof and badly leaking skylights needed replacement because of a hail storm."
They stopped by my house once, telling me that a hail storm on such and such a date caused damage to my roof and it needed immediate replacement. Not only that, they will miraculously work with my insurance company to get me the roof "for free!"
I invited them in, went on the computer to show them there was no hail storm on that date, and showed them how I could tell from the office window that my neighbors' houses had not had hail storm damage.
They slunk away, apparently going to the person's house in a different neighborhood who was calling me on the phone!
The caller asked me to the house. They wanted me to determine if the skylights were leaking or not. If the skylights were not leaking they would have no reason to believe the rest.
Waiting for a rainy day, I went to the house.
Looking at the skylights with a thermal camera can reveal definitively if there was leaking water.
The rain had stopped, the sun was out, and these images are of the same skylight. They were two in a cathedral ceiling, so the lower edges of the lights would demonstrate water if there was any.
Two different color palettes of the same skylight show it to be dry. The "inverted gray" palette on the right is a great way to show water presence. It does not.
How can a "roofer," from outside the house, say that skylights are leaking water? He cannot.
Looking at the shingles, which were not pocked, the metal ridge vent, which was not dented, the metal bay window roof, which also was not dented, and the dry skylights, it was pretty evident to me that the "hail storm" visit was just another scam.
My recommendation: if you have not yet been visited by the hail storm roof damage scam guys, you may soon be! They are everywhere, luring young people into working for them simply to be invited into houses, tell people about hail damage, and promise that if the homeowner agrees to another visit a roof "expert" will stop by to "expertly" inspect the roof and render the "expert" opinion that the roof was damaged by hail. And the "free" roof follows! Beware! Scams like this raise everyones' premiums and unfortunately ding a house forever in the insurance memory banks.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560