Are you worried that your roof has been damaged in a recent hailstorm and may need repairs?
We are here to guide and provide an overview of what hail damage entails and when you should consider reaching out for professional assistance. Let us guide you through this process and ease any concerns caused by any necessary storm repairs!
Some things to keep in mind:
- It’s important to understand the impact of hail damage on your roof and take proactive steps to protect it.
- Professional repair provides peace of mind, proper insurance coverage & high-quality workmanship.
- DIY repairs can lead to damage, so consider hiring a professional for the best results.
Understanding Hail Damage and Its Impact on Your Roof
The effects of hail and storm damage can be catastrophic for a roof, from simple cosmetic issues to more serious structural damage. The magnitude of the destruction is affected by variables such as the size and intensity of hailstones, the age of your roof, and the quality of your roofing materials. If left unattended, roof damage may result in interior water problems demanding expensive repairs, so if you have concerns or suspect any damage to your roof, it is better to address them immediately.
So how do you protect your roof’s top layer?
Detection at early stages following a storm combined with immediate action alongside using Class 4 impact-resistant shingles should help reduce effects caused by hail.
Types of Hail Damage
When it comes to hail damage, there are various ways it can appear, such as loose granules, cracks, dents, and/or chips on the roof and roof components. These are the visible signs of wear and tear from hailstorms, but hidden, less visible damages may also be a concern which includes blistering or other weather-related factors resulting in similar symptoms like granule loss but with subtle differences. When looking at wood shingles, one should check for cracking, splitting, or punctures specifically since this could potentially cause oxidation issues if left untreated.
Beyond just the primary roof, certain external parts around your home or structure might have been affected too – gutters, downspouts, siding, window frames etc. in particular may sustain some type of damage caused by varying sizes/strengths of hail impact. To avoid potentially hazardous situations, homeowners should consult their local professional roofer for proper assessment and repair if any damage is found or suspected, whether as a result of a hail storm, strong winds, or wear and tear.
Factors Influencing Hail Damage Severity
The extent of harm that hail can cause to a property is determined by the force and size of hailstones during storms. Larger hailstones do more damage than smaller ones, of course, while intense wind velocity increases their speed of impact. Further, the materials used as well as the age of the roof are also a factor in how much damage may occur. Old roofs or those with low-quality shingles may sustain more damage relative to newer roofs or those with high-quality impact-resistant shingles. To protect your roof from further damage, make sure proper inspection and any necessary repairs have been done after any hail storm damage occurs.
Identifying Hail Damage on Your Roof
Accurate recognition of hail damage is important to ensure proper repairs and for filing insurance claims. Clear indications, such as ruined shingles, are sometimes easy to spot. Interior water damage on ceilings and walls may also appear inside a house if impacted by severe weather conditions, and may be an indication of damage that isn’t readily visible. If you have any doubt about the size/amount of damage or are not equipped with appropriate gear for inspection, contact an expert that can perform a comprehensive roof assessment.
Identifying and fixing hail damage quickly will save from unnecessarily expensive repair costs that can build up if water were to make its way into the home and cause any further damage.
Checking Shingles and Roof Features
When assessing your roof for hail damage, don’t forget to check gutters, vents, flashing, and other fixtures to assess all damage done by the hail. This will give a more accurate picture of how much damage was caused by hail.
When to Call a Roofing Professional
When it’s impossible for you to assess the full extent of hail damage or if conditions are unsafe for inspecting, you should contact a professional local roofing contractor. At Roof Masters of Colorado, we are your local professional roofing contractor, and we can give you an accurate evaluation and advise which repairs need to be done according to the damage caused by hail. We can also help inform you of the process necessary to file insurance claims so that everything goes smoothly with your insurer.
Whether a storm has just past, or you’ve been putting off having your roof inspected since the last storm or two, we’re here to help. Contact us today and our team of experienced roofers will answer any questions you have, walk you through the roof repair process, and schedule an assessment of your roof as early as possible.