It’s difficult to spot hail damage on your roof. Cracked or broken shingles are particularly difficult to spot from the ground. It also doesn’t help that the problems caused by hail damage take weeks, months or even years before they become serious.
Ignoring the effects a recent hailstorm has had on your roof can potentially cause costly issues.
A Closer Look at Hail-Damaged Shingles
You don’t have to be the best roofer in the world to understand the straightforward physics of hailstone impact on an asphalt shingle. The granules that act as the shingle’s primary protective layer can get knocked off on impact. As these granules get worn out, the vulnerable underlayment becomes exposed. Over time, this leads to water penetration, leaks, electrical problems, deterioration or total roof failure.
Filing hail damage claims with your homeowners’ insurance is a good-news-bad-news kind of situation. On the one hand, hail damage is often covered, and the claims process can be easily approved and paid. On the other, however, the damage that occurs as a direct result of neglecting to have your roof inspected and repaired immediately after a devastating storm will not be covered.
As soon as the weather permits, have a professional roofing contractor inspect your home for any hail-related damage. Their report will help get your insurance claims processed faster. Moreover, a professional’s experience will also help you fully identify all the problem areas no your roofing system.
For all your hail-related concerns about your roof, siding or any other part of your home, call our experts at Bradford Xteriors. We are your trusted local general contractor specializing in storm damage repairs and restoration as well as other services. Reach us at (614) 328-8188, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation and get a free estimate today. We serve customers in Columbus, OH, and all surrounding areas.