ROOF HAIL DAMAGE
Roof Hail Damage in Fairview
It’s pretty common knowledge that most roof repairs are caused by hail damage. Roofing materials usually withstand high winds, heavy rains and varying temperatures well. But it’s hail that always seems to do the most damage on a home’s roof. To avoid needing constant repairs or the need for a replacement, have your roof checked for hail damage checked out as soon as possible after big storms.
How to recognize hail damage
- Check metal objects outside for dents—ex: AC unit, mailbox, siding, etc.
- Inspect the gutters for dents and debris from shingles
- Glance over your roof for uneven and/or worn shingles
It’s hard to convince yourself to have your roof inspected if you have no proof of actual damage. Hail damage isn’t always easy to find, but there are a few ways to notice when it’s there.
First of all, check around your house rather than just on top of it. Objects like AC units and the mail boxes (if metal) can reveal whether or not there’s hail damage. If there is, you’ll see dents. If the hail was strong enough to dent your AC unit then it was probably strong enough to damage your roof as well.
As you climb onto your roof, inspect the gutters, too. Just like your air conditioner, gutters can reveal damage by the dents they may have. You’ll be a bit closer to finding any possible damage done to the top of your home.
Also, when it comes to gutters, keep an eye out for small beads of asphalt (if you have an asphalt roof). Asphalt beads will be a definite sign of at least one worn shingle, as the beads come when a shingle has loosened. You can then try to figure out which shingle is worn once you’re on top of your roof.
Now, you’re standing on top of your roof. Here, examine any metal sheets on the roof, such as the flashing around the chimney or the metal vents. Again, you’ll be looking for dents caused by hail.
Lastly, scan over your roof shingles as meticulously as possible. Run your hand over them to feel whether any shingle is uneven, and keep an eye out for any visibly worn shingles. A shingle affected by hail damage will either have the look of a thumb print or will reveal the plywood underneath.
Hail damage differs depending on the roofing material
Asphalt roofing protects quite well against hail damage. This is one of the reasons it’s used so commonly on Fairview, TX homes. Asphalt is hard to crack, but it will indent, and if the same spot gets hit repeatedly, you could be looking through a hole in your roof.
Metal is among the strongest roofing materials when it comes to hail. While it does dent, it’s still pretty much impossible for hail to penetrate the surface. You may need a few dents repaired if you want your metal roofing to keep its pristine look; but durability is never something you’ll have to worry about with metal roof.
Wood, clay and concrete roofing are most vulnerable to cracking. In terms of the chances for damage, the same order (first mentioned to last mentioned) applies. The type of wood also affects the chances for and severity of damage. You have cedar and redwood, among others. Speak with roofing experts to determine which type of wood is best for your home.
Concrete roofing is becoming more popular than ever. With regards to some aspects, they’ve overtaken clay roofing as an option. Concrete roofing is quite strong. It can crack, but it would take many large hailstones in order to do so.
Slate is the ultimate roofing material. Its features are among the best, so you won’t have to panic if a hail storm comes your way. Does this mean that you don’t have to get your roof inspected? Not at all. Damage is still possible and, as such, you should still have it inspected as needed.
What factors into hail damage?
The extent of hail impact considers the hailstone’s size, density, velocity, shape and angle, and the wind speed during the hail storm. All you need to worry about his what damage was caused and how you can fix it or get it fixed.
Even so, these factors help give you an idea of how severe a hail storm can be. Imagine 40 mph winds with golf ball-sized hail headed straight for your home. Chances are, those hailstones will do at least some damage.
Roofs are built to be very sturdy, and today’s innovative roofing materials take heavy and frequent hail into account. Here at Summit Roof, we can install hail-resistant shingles for you. While there is no such thing as hail-proof shingles just yet, the hail-resistant ones we offer are designed to soften hail impacts.
The next few months are the ideal time to prep your roof for severe storms. Many people plan on doing the same thing, so make sure to contact a reputable roofing company soon, as they’ll be booked very soon. Have an expert come do an inspection and complete any necessary repairs before the heavy storms start to roll in.
What kind of damage can be caused?
Hail damage on roofing can be either minor or major. It all depends on how long you leave damage unattended to. The most severe damages include flooding and a collapsed roof. And if water meets electric wiring, you’re looking at another serious problem.
The chances of any of these things actually occurring is extremely low; but the possibility should make you aware as to why you should keep your roof well-maintained.
Most negative outcomes are caused by moisture, whether it’s a small leak or a bigger flooring problem. Additionally, any gaps in your roofing will allow rain to seep through, resulting in mold growth and rotting.
Also, a weak roof won’t be able to properly insulate your home. The heat or cold from outside will pass through and you won’t have proper control over the temperature inside your home. Your AC or heater will be forced to work harder in order to balance the temperature change. As a result, the lifetime of these units will decrease and your energy bills will increase.
Lastly, and perhaps the least dangerous aspect of roof hail damage, is the fact that the looks of your roof may suffer. No one likes when shingles are popping out of place or curling on their roofing. You want your roofing to look as good as when you first got it; you don’t want it to look bad just because of a few damaged shingles.
When to file an insurance claim
If your Fairview, TX home’s hail damage is severe enough, it might be time to have your roof replaced. The good news is that you’ll have the opportunity to file an insurance claim to have it covered by your insurance company. The claim should be approved if you have proof of damage and cost incurred. You can easily obtain the necessary proof through an estimate give upon inspection by a roofing expert.
File the claim before you have someone come inspect your roof. The reason for this is that some insurance companies require a representative from their staff to go inspect damage. Or, they’ll send a licensed contractor that they have within their network. This, however, is not always the case. Most insurance companies will approve a contractor as long as he/she is licensed.
It’s important that you don’t wait too long to file the claim, however. Many insurance companies have a statute of limitations pertaining to how long you have to file a claim after the damage occurs. Due to this, it’s a good idea to have your roof checked soon after a severe storm.
The contractor will make note of every bit of damage. He/she will also take photos of damage on your home for documentation purposes. Once the inspection is complete, you will be given an estimate on the total cost for necessary repair or replacement.
The process will go quite smoothly if your hire a roofing contractor that deals directly with your insurance company. Having two experienced sides discuss the important matters will result in quicker payment and quicker repair or replacement.
To have roof hail damage repaired, give Summit Roof Service a call! Our business’ purpose is to make sure your roof looks nice and functions properly. We’ll stop by your home or business and complete a free inspection. We’ll show you the hail damage that we found and tell you how we’ll fix it. It’s essential that your roof is strong and in good condition to protect when the next hail storm comes its way.
To learn more about our products and services we offer, please visit to https://summitroof.com. You can also check out our blog to learn more about shingle types, roof repair and roof replacement.
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