Hailstorms are one of the biggest sources of roof damage due to weather-related incidents. There are a lot of things to do when a hailstorm has just hit your roof. Let’s delve into the first one.
Checking Your Gutters And Your Roof
When large hails hit your roof, shingle granules can actually become loss. Or worse, it can fall off. Sometimes, the hail can break shingles.
Thus, after a hailstorm has passed, checking your gutters is the best thing to do. This allows you to see if there is a potential damage to your roof. Let a professional roofing contractor inspect it if it has large gutter cracks and dents.
Damaged granules usually get disconnected from its shingles. This can actually accumulate within your gutter downspouts. Roofs that have aged are more susceptible to damage from hailstorms. As time passes by, the roof’s base becomes exposed. This results to deterioration, decreasing the lifespan and the integrity of the roof.
At first, damages may not become visible to the untrained human eye. However, it eventually becomes apparent. Thus, if your roof has already aged over time, it is best to check damages after hailstorms.
As a homeowner, it might be tempting for you to climb into your roof after a hailstorm. You might want to look for damage signs including dimpled, missing, or cracked shingles. However, you shouldn’t do this as it can be dangerous. Only a professional roofing contractor can assess the damage to the roof. The professional will be able to know if your roof needs to be replaced or not.
After A Hailstorm: Filing Your Insurance Claim
If you think your roof has been damaged completely, you can call your insurance company as soon as possible. When you wait for a long time before reporting a hail claim, the timeframe in between the hail storm and the report can result to insurance companies denying a claim. Plus, if you really have a hail-damaged roof, it can cause leaks. This can result to severe damage of your house’ interior.
Having Your Roof Replaced
If your insurance claim is accepted, then have your roof replaced. Beware of storm chasers that prey on homeowners using deceptive, high-pressure sales tactics. These storm chasers are usually individuals or groups of people from out-of-town that prey on people who have just experienced hailstorms. They usually overcharge while providing poor services.
Before you have your roof replaced, check with your insurance company if they can recommend roofing contractors tied up with their insurance package. Check out these companies and look for their registration with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). In addition, check out their ratings with the BBB. Make sure they have little to no complaints. And of course, you have to ensure that they have resolved the complaints filed to them. Finally, make sure you do your due diligence when looking for a roofing contractor. It is best to research first before hopping onto a company immediately.