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Lubbock homes hit hard with hail damage

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Phones have been ringing off the hook at roofing companies in Lubbock after Wednesday night's storm. CEO of J Ferg Pros said this hail damage is the worst he has ever seen.
 
"The only thing I can compare this to would be the 2013 Amarillo hail storm, and it was massive," JR Ferguson said. "It was actually one of the most costly hail storms in United States history and I believe this was bigger than that."
 
With the widespread damage, J Ferg estimated there would more than 50,000 insurance claims filed. This is keeping his staff extremely busy.
 
"Everyone needs to get their roofs inspected as quickly as possible in my opinion, because there's going to be a long line of people and it's just going to get busier and busier," Ferguson added.
 
General Manager of CT Roofing agrees. Justin Grusendorf said his staff is receiving three to four calls every ten minutes.
 
"It's good to get it checked out for the future," Grusendorf said. "You have one year with most insurance companies from the date of the storm to file that insurance claim."
 
Both CT and J Ferg offer free roof inspections.
 
"We're looking at your soft metals, your turtle vents and turbine vents, gas caps, ridges, valleys and then we'll look for collateral damage, gutters and window screens," Grusendorf explained. "Weather hits those hail spots over time, which could be one, two, three or four years from now and the fibers in your roofing material can break down and that causes leaks later on down the road."
 
Because of the severe storms West Texas gets, Grusendorf said Lubbock roofs do not last as long.
 
"Depends of what grade of shingle you have, from a 20 to a 50 year shingle," Grusendorf said. "But around 10 years is a good number for how long roofs last around here."
 
Contractors said hail damage is not typically visible from the ground, so reaching out to a professional to check it out is the safest, most effective option.
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