Hail storms can be just as dangerous as any rain or snow storm, resulting in breakage, damage, and serious dents to roofing. Some surfaces do not make it easy to identify storm damage which means some damage can go undetected and fixed. Over time this can cause serious damage to the internal and external structure of your roof. It is always recommended to work with a professional roofer to identify storm damage and get it fixed as soon as possible.
Checking Your Roof for Hail Damage
Maintaining the exterior of your roof will ensure that the inside of the building remains safe. To protect the internal structure of your property, regular maintenance is needed for your roof. This includes regular inspections after any and all storms or severe weather changes. Most insurance policies will cover damage caused by hail, but it needs to be properly identified by a professional first or your claim will be denied. Before you reach out to a specialist, there are a few things you can do to locate any damage caused by a hail storm. Check all the metal parts of the roof (flashing, valleys, and vents) for denting. Look at the top of the roof along the ridge cap as this flat area is likely to receive the most damage. You need to look for three types of damage when it comes to hail; bruising, cracking, and missing granules.
In addition to the top of the roof, there are other areas that will require inspection after a hail storm. Check your gutters and downspouts for dents. Gutters that have been significantly damaged need to be replaced so they do not cause blockages. The sidings and windows can also be damaged depending on the size of the hailstones so be sure to check those thoroughly. Any outdoor A/C or HVAC units may also be dented or dinged which can indicate that hail damage could have occurred elsewhere too.
Ignoring hail damage, as with any storm damage, will be a costly mistake. Finding and repairing dents or missing shingles is cheaper than having to replace your entire roof. The damage that is not fixed right away can get worse over time, allowing for leaks and internal structural damage. If you suspect any damage after a hail storm, contact us to provide a full inspection and we will help you identify the problems and get them fixed before irreparable damage is done.
our roof is one of the first lines of defense against bad weather, so it needs to be durable and reliable. Otherwise, you risk the integrity of the building as well as the property and the safety of the inhabitants inside. Mold growth, water damage, and cracked roofing need to be repaired immediately to avoid more expensive damage in the future. Check your roof after any hail storm and call us for an evaluation to get your roof back into shape before the next storm hits.