7 Tips on Replacing Your Hail Damaged Roof

Posted On Tuesday, 10 March 2020 12:10

You have every reason to worry about your roofing, especially if a hail storm has just passed through your location. Not only does a hail-damaged roof negatively affect your home’s overall look, it can also result in additional leaks, which can lead to further problems.

It’s best to inspect and replace a hail damaged roof early on to prevent more problems. Replacing your roof doesn’t necessarily mean doing it yourself, as a professional is recommended to do this type of work.

Here are some tips you can use when replacing your roof.

1. Check For Damage By Inspecting Your Home’s Interior.

After a hail storm, observe if there are drips or water stains on your ceiling, which could indicate water leaks from your roof. This is not a situation to be taken lightly and it’s crucial that you contact a professional roofing company to find and check the location of the leak.

2. Check For Hail Damage Outside.

If you notice hail damage marks on your home’s exterior including on the driveways, decks, and siding, it’s important to check your roof next.  

Here are some signs of hail damage on your roof.

• Punctures and dents. These are probably the most obvious signs of a hail-damaged roof. Dents indicate pressure from hail that could have penetrated your home through the roof. You can usually find punctures and dents on the metal parts of the roof, apart from the roof itself.

The severity of the damage is dependent on the intensity of the hailstorm. Light hail storms may leave slight cuts and scratches on your roof. But strong hailstorms can unfortunately puncture and create dents that are recognizable from afar. There are also certain signs that can only be spotted by the professional eye.

• Missing and broken shingles. Hailstorms can cause minor to severe damage to the shingles. Cracks, blisters, and displaced granules on the roof are signs of a hail-damaged roof. If the roof is missing one or two shingles, it could be because of the pressure from strong winds and hail that can rip off parts of the roof. Old and brittle roofing may sustain more damage than a newer roof.

• Soft spots. Your roof is made of sturdy materials, but hailstorms can sometimes weaken parts of the roofing because of the weight of ice crystals and heavy rainwater. If you happen to touch some parts of the roof and you find them soft and damp, this could be hail damage. A roofing professional should be called in to accurately evaluate unusual appearances and signs on your roofing.

3. Document The Damage.

Take photos, videos, and notes to document the damage on your roof. It’s crucial to obtain evidence that your place was hit by a hailstorm and that caused damage to your roofing.

4. Find A Credible Roofing Professional Near You.

Be careful with any roofing contractor who might visit you after a storm to offer “discounts”. It’s best to find a licensed roofing company with valid experience in repairing and inspecting hail-damaged roofs. The contractor should also have manufacturer certification for the roofing material they’ll be installing in your home. It’s also best if the contractor also comes with a good rating from business evaluation organizations.

5. Choose A Contractor That Offers Free Inspection Or Estimates.

Many good roofers are confident about their work, so they usually offer inspections and initial estimates for free. It’s often better to get a second or third opinion, so try to get two or three estimates from companies that provide this service for free.

6. Set Up A Schedule For Inspection.

When you’ve prepared evidence of your damaged roof, you’re ready to set up a professional inspection. Roofing experts will inspect for damages and give sound recommendations. After gathering enough information and evidence of damage, you can then call your chosen roofing contractor. Make a call to explain your problem and schedule an inspection with the experts.

7. Apply For An Insurance Claim.

The next thing to do after a professional inspection is to have your home roofing insurance documents ready. Prepare your papers and call your insurance provider who will also set up a site inspection to validate your claims and check your coverage. It’s recommended that you work together with the roofing contractor as well as the insurance company to ensure maximum damage claims.

Final Thoughts 

After a hailstorm, it’s best to check your home’s interior and exterior for hail damage. Visual inspection will help determine the extent of damage to your home. Document these damages to offer them as evidence. The evidence you collect will also be verified by a roofing contractor, who will provide an estimate for replacing your hail-damaged roof. You can then apply for an insurance claim and have your roof replaced by your chosen contractor.

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