After a large hail storm has moved through the area, it’s normal to be concerned about your roof. While your roof was put in place to protect you from hail and other adverse weather conditions, it can still get damaged. When that happens, for your peace of mind and to ensure that your roof is functioning the way it should, there are some things you’ll need to do. Below are the steps we recommend when it comes to roof hail damage and getting any problems fixed as soon as possible.
1. Inspect the Inside of Your Home
Before heading outside, we recommend that you inspect the interior of your home. If you have roof hail damage, you may see water leaking into your attic or sunlight coming through holes that weren’t there before. Should you notice any of these problems, it’s in your best interest to call a professional as soon as possible.
2. Inspect the Outside of Your Home
In addition to inspecting the inside of your home, we recommend taking a look at the exterior of your roof as well. You may not always see damage in your attic, but that doesn’t mean you are in the clear. Things to look for when inspecting the exterior of your roof includes dents in the gutters and/or downspouts. If you have shingles on your roof, you’ll want to see if any of them are damaged or missing.
Another thing to look for includes granules or other debris at the end of your downspouts. If you see this, it’s an indicator that the hail has removed the protective coating from the surface of your shingles. To ensure that your roof functions properly and protects your family and your belongings, you’ll need to get roof repair.
We don’t necessarily recommend climbing onto the top of your roof to do an inspection unless you can do so safely. Most of the things we are having you look for can be found while standing on the ground. If you are having a hard time seeing any damage, calling a professional is in your best interest. We have the proper equipment and training to do a thorough and close inspection on the top of your house.
3. Get Stats on the Storm
After a huge storm has passed through the area, you might consider contacting the National Weather Service and getting some stats on the storm. They’ll be able to tell you the size of the hail, speed and direction of the wind, how long the storm lasted and other factors. Not only is getting this information interesting, but it will also give you an idea of how much damage might have been done to your roof.
4. Contact a Roofing Contractor
Working with a professional contractor is in your best interest, and we recommend calling one who offers free estimates and evaluations. Even if you don’t see any visible signs of hail damage, that doesn’t mean it’s not there. We’ll be able to find any problems and let you know what it will take to get them taken care of.
Be wary of people who come to your door after a storm and offer to do roof repair. In some cases, these people are “storm chasers,” and they will make promises and offer discounts that will be hard to refuse. In our experience, we’ve found that storm chasers are only out to make a quick buck and won’t repair your roof properly. We recommend working with a local, professional company that will come through on any and all promises that are made.
5. Check Your Insurance Policy
Depending on the type of insurance policy you have for your home, the repairs done to your roof may be covered. Once you have read through your policy to determine if hail damage is covered, we recommend calling your insurance provider to let them know that you will be making a claim.
You’ll also want to make sure that the insurance company is able to work with the roofing contractor that you have contacted. You’ll also want to contact the roof contractor and ensure that they are willing and able to work and communicate with your insurance provider. Having this information on hand benefits you and ensures that everyone is on the same page when it comes to getting your insurance claim taken care of. The last thing you need to worry about is when and how the repairs will be paid for.
Hail can be incredibly damaging to your roof, and if a large storm has passed through the area, you can assume that you’re probably going to need some repairs. If nothing else, we recommend giving yourself peace of mind and having a professional do an inspection just to make sure that your roof is in good working order. Contact us at Crossover Roofing to schedule your free evaluation today.
Mary Jane Hedrick is the owner of Crossover Roofing, LLC and believes that her customers are entitled to receive exceptional service and superior craftsmanship from the leading roofing, siding, and windows company in the Triad.