Hail causes more than one type of damage on the roof. Learning how to spot the damages and fix them is crucial to the durability of your roof. A damaged roof will not offer the protection and cover you need for your entire household. Hail damage affects residential and commercial buildings alike. The good news is anybody can learn to identify these damages. Hails do not damage roofs all the time. However, it is good to inspect the roof thoroughly and professionally after each Hail to confirm whether it is damaged or not.
Hire an Experienced Roofer to Inspect it
First, a person with the training and experience should inspect the roof for damages. Your untrained eyes are incapable of seeing the not-too-obvious damages that a trained and experienced contractor can see. In fact, a trained person knows the parts of the roof to check first. Failure to heed this warning could mean the difference between your insurance paying and not paying the compensation. Proper assessment is essential to the successful filing of claims with your insurance company.
Check the Roof for Dents
One of the signs you ought to check for is a dented roof. Dents are easier to notice if you installed a metal roof on your house. Soft metal displays the dents better. What is more, you can determine the size of the hails easily on a roof covered with metal. A dent is something that an untrained person can see. Therefore, climb your roof after a hailstorm to check for dents. After that, you may be free to decide whether it is necessary to book an appointment with a roofing contractor to inspect it as well.
The three main signs that prove hail damage are:
- Missing granules
Check the Roof for Substrate
When on the roof, look for areas that are filled – even partially – with an exposed and black substrate. When you see them, your immediate conclusion should be that asphalt granules on your roof have been compromised or completely knocked off by hails. Bruising is a more likely outcome of the hail. It is easier to see bruising compared to dents. Therefore, running your hand over the roofing material will show you whether it is bruised and in need of repairs or replacing. A damaged roof gives in when you press the small dimples on the shingles.
Decide between Repairs and Replacements
Fixing the damage is not an impossible task. After determining the extent of the damage, your next course of action should be to determine whether it needs to be repaired or replaced. The latter is more appropriate if several shingles are missing. If only a single shingle is missing, a roof repair project would be ideal. More importantly, you should contact your insurance company for assistance as soon as possible. Do not wait longer than is necessary to contact your insurance company to assess and fix this issue as soon as possible.
Find the Right Roofer and Buy the Best Roofing Materials
The next task is finding a good roofer and the best roofing materials to replace the damaged parts. Look for a roofer with a solid record of fixing damages caused by hailstorms. The cost of replacing a standard roof is likely to be thousands of dollars. Once you find the roofer and roofing materials, you may now be ready to begin doing the repairs or replacements. More crucially, this is the time for you to install roofing materials that are better at withstanding hail damage.
In summary, you should check gutters, downspouts, drains and the entire roof after each hailstorm. Check the roof for missing, dented or cracked shingles. Hire a roofing contractor to inspect it in-depth. Call your insurance adjuster or agent to assess the building further as well. Keep proper records and receipts of all the work done on the roof to bring it back into a proper functional state. Hail damage needs immediate attention so that it does not cause leaks, which have the potential of damaging the entire structure substantially.