When a hailstorm blows through, it can sound like rocks are pounding down on top of your roof. You are scared to go look at the potential damage, but you know you need to. However, once you get out there, you aren’t really sure if there is damage. So, how do you know? What does a damaged roof look like from hail?
Well, from the ground, it may be difficult to tell if your roof sustained any hail damage. Ideally, you should contact a professional to come out and examine the state of your roof. Keep reading to learn what steps a roofing contractor will take to identify whether damage occurred to your roof during a hailstorm.
The first step is looking for areas where granules have been knocked off of the shingles. A change in the shingle’s texture will be noticed, and the matting underneath will be exposed. This can be subtle, or it can be more obvious, but in either instance, the damage will erode more and more over a period of time. Many contractors will mark nicks with something that can be washed off, such as chalk. This makes it easy for insurance claims to be done as well as repairs.
Over a period of time, more granules will begin to get knocked off of the shingles, exposing the matting beneath and exposing it to exterior environmental elements. Because of this, another way to determine whether your roof has suffered hail damage is to see if there are granules in the gutters.
Damage that has occurred to your shingles will occur the mattering to exterior elements and pose a threat of leaks while also causing deterioration of the shingles. The asphalt will start to bubble up, losing its viscosity and failing prematurely.
While it is true that a damaged roof may not worsen or leak, this does not mean that your damaged roof doesn’t need to undergo the necessary repairs. As soon as the damage occurs, your home’s value will lower. Therefore, it is in your best interest to take advantage of filing an insurance claim.
Your home is a huge investment, and it is an investment that you want to last as long as possible. So, when that investment takes a hit from hail damage, you won’t want to just sit back and allow your property value to diminish.
When it comes to hail damage on the roof, it does not need to be obvious or extensive for it to be serious and an issue. So, when you notice roof hail damage, there are certain steps that you should take. First, you should have your roof inspected, and then you should file an insurance claim.
If you believe the hail damage is minimal, you can wait until the interior of your home starts showing signs of moisture damage. Unfortunately, at this point, the chance for easy repairs will be gone. Alternatively, you can contact a contractor to perform an inspection and take care of minor repairs early on before serious damage occurs.
If you would like to protect your home investment, contact Advanced Roofing today.