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June 17, 2014

Busy housing contractor opens Danville branch to serve hail storm victims

DANVILLE — A contractor from outside the area has received so many calls about the recent hail storm they will open a third branch in Danville.

“We are thrilled to become part of Danville and to have this opportunity to service the local people. Our new office is located at 229 Mill St. In addition to our Danville office we have another office in downtown Carlisle, an office in Bethlehem, and a new office in Reading. Our Carlisle and Bethlehem offices have been there for many years,” said Melanie Myers, chief financial officer for Premier Siding & Roofing.

The Danville office, at the former location of Abigail’s Attic, is expected to open in about two weeks.

She said property owners should know that hail damage is not always noticeable to the untrained eye. Left untreated, it can accelerate aging of roofing and siding and eventually cause interior damage. Hail damage significantly decreases a property’s value and new roofing and siding greatly increases a property’s value. Hail large or small can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. Roofing and siding systems must be physically inspected by someone who has training and experience to determine if there is actually hail damage, she said. Insurance companies send their adjusters to special training so they can properly identify hail damage to property, she said.

40 out-of-town contractors

In especially hard-hit Mahoning Township, 40-plus out-of-town contractors have applied for permits to solicit work door-to-door related to hail damage, according to Cpl. Chad Thomas.

“Out-of-area contractors are renting spaces for offices so they have a home office here,” he said with an example being a company renting a location near the car wash on Route 11.

“They all have really been good even the ones who didn’t have a permit and they all have been very cooperative,” he said. A permit costs $100 and is good for a year. There is a $5 fee for an additional employee soliciting for work. They need to have the permits with them or they can be cited, fined and asked to leave and not come back, he said.

Montour County Emergency Management Agency Director Walt Peters said he received one response from an individual attempting to make a claim for hail damage to a vehicle after county officials asked for information about uninsured losses from the storm.

He didn’t have information on damage estimates since they are being handled by insurance companies following the May 22 storm. An official at a collision center reported earlier up to 7,000 vehicles damaged.

On Monday, a spokeswoman said the Pennsylvania Insurance Department would not have a breakdown on the amount of damage from the hail storm affecting Montour County.

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