Most severe thunderstorms produce hail which sometimes does not reach the ground. Such weather conditions can cause severe damage to your roof. It is not always easy for many homeowners to identify any damages caused to the roof by storms, and sometimes they get unnoticed to the point it is too late.
Learning the signs of hail damage is essential as it equips you to act before it is too late. QE Roofing has taken the initiative to offer you tips for storm damage so that you know how it happens and what to do when it happens.
You know you have hail damage if you see exposed roofing felt or plywood sheath. Several reasons make granules lose and fall off. However, if a hailstorm has occurred, you will notice many granules in the down sprouts or gutters.
It should prompt you to climb up on your roof to inspect the shingles for missing granules carefully. Also, you should note that shingles always show a lot of signs of damage in the direction of the hail, so pay attention to the wind direction of the storm.
The shingles become brittle and weak when the granules are loose or have fallen off. As a result, the weak shingles begin to crack, and some may curl. Even though other factors are responsible for the cracked shingles, the primary sign of hail damage is cracking on asphalt shingles.
Identifying curls and cracks in your shingles is a straightforward exercise so when inspecting the roof, just look for the cracked or curled shingles. Sometimes you not only use your eyes to look for shingles, but you may also have to run your hand over some as their cracks may not be so pronounced.
Bruised or Dented Shingles
One of the common signs of hail damage is bruised shingles, although it is not easy to identify the bruises. You may have to use a touch often to find the bruises. An easy way of identifying bruised shingles is by finding out if it feels like a bruised apple, then after identifying the bruise, press on it gently to see if it will give away. If it does, then you know it has begun deteriorating. Look out for dented shingles, tear-shaped or small round dents, down sprouts, and metal flashing as signs of hail damage.
What Happens when you have Hail Roof Damage
Now that you know how to identify hail damage, you need to know the effects it causes. Sometimes the functional damages listed above may go unnoticed because the roof is at the top of your home, which makes it necessary for you to get a professional to inspect the roof for you after inclement weather.
Any unnoticed form of damage on the roof could cause more significant issues like roof leaks and water damage. After hail has caused the loss of protective granules and dents on your shingles, there may be a small hole that could inevitably expand if you neglect it. Again, broken or fractured shingles eventually make the whole shingle fall off.
Can Hail Roof Damage be Repaired?
Hail roof damage can demand a replacement or repair depending on several factors. For instance, if the hail has damaged only a hand full of your roof shingles, then an expert can remove them and replace them with new shingles.
Repair can work for you if the roof is relatively new and well-maintained, so it does not need total replacement. Ensure the new shingles match the old roof.
How to File an Insurance Claim
After you have ascertained that the hail has damaged your roof, you will need to file an insurance claim, after which the company will send its adjuster to assess the damage. Here are the steps you need to follow so that the insurance company can approve your claim.
1. Review the insurance document to see what it covers in case of roof damage.
2. Safely assess the damage by yourself.
3. Get a professional roofing inspection to estimate
4. Act fast because if you delay filling the claim, the insurance company may not approve it.
How to Get a Professional Roof Inspector
You need a thorough roof inspector to inspect, diagnose, and estimate the replacement or repair cost, depending on how much damage has occurred. Choose a trustworthy contractor to ensure you get the best services. Use the following tips.
- Look for bad google reviews of the company.
- Avoid storm chasers that flock to areas hit by storms trying to offer cheap and free services as they could be inefficient.
- Get a roofer that offers no-obligation inspections.