Frisco Roof Hail Damage Repair
Roof Hail Damage
It’s pretty well-known that most roof damage is caused by hail. Roofing materials are usually able to withstand high winds, heavy rain and extreme temperatures well. It’s hail that always does the most damage to roofing. To prevent the need for constant repairs or a complete roof replacement, have any potential hail damage inspected by a Frisco roofing expert.
How you can detect damage caused by hail
- Check outside metal objects for dents—AC unit, mailbox, siding, etc.
- Inspect the gutters for dents and shingle debris
- Look over your roof for uneven and/or damaged shingles
You probably won’t want to have a professional inspection completed if you don’t have proof of actual damage. Hail damage isn’t exactly easy to spot, but there are some ways to find it.
First of all, check around your home rather than on top of it. Things like the AC unit and the mail box (if it’s made out of metal) can reveal hail damage. In such cases, you’ll see dents left by hail. If the hail was strong enough to dent your AC unit then it’s probably done some damage to your roofing as well.
As you’re climbing atop your roof, make sure to check in gutters as well. Just like with your AC unit, the gutters can reveal damage by dents. You’ll be able to get an idea as to the damage done to your roofing.
Also, when it comes to gutters, look for little beads of asphalt (if you have asphalt roofing). Beads are a sign of at least one worn shingle, since these beads come from detatched shingles. You can then make your way to the top of your roof, where you can find the exact damage done to your roof.
Lastly, when you get onto your roof, inspect any metal on the roof, the flashing around the chimney or the metal vents. You’ll be looking for more of the same thing – dents caused by hail damage.
After that, look over your shingles as carefully as you can. Run your hand over them to feel for uneven or damaged shingles. A shingle damaged by hail will either have a small dent or will expose the plywood from underneath.
Hail impact differs depending on the roofing material
Asphalt roofing withstands hail well. That’s one of the reasons that it’s used so often on Frisco, TX homes. Asphalt is hard to crack, but it will dent, and if the same spot gets hit multiple times, you might have shingles that need replacement.
Metal is one of the strongest roofing materials when it comes to hail damage. While it might dent, it’s pretty much impossible for hail to break through the surface. You might need a few dents repaired if you want to keep your metal roof in perfect condition, but durability is not something you’ll have to worry about.
Wood, clay and concrete roofs are most vulnerable to shingles cracking. In terms of chances of damage, the same order (first to last) applies. The type of wood you have matters. Speak with roofing experts to see which type of wood is most suitable for your needs.
Concrete roofing has become more and more popular. In some aspects, it’s gotten more popular than clay roofing, which is quite strong. It can crack, but it would take many large hails hitting it to do so.
Slate is, arguably, the best out of the roofing materials. Its features are the best, so you don’t have to worry much when a hail storm passes through your area. Obviously, you should still have your roof inspected as needed, because damage is possible.
What factors into hail damage?
The extent of hail damage takes the size, density, velocity, shape and angle at which it hits, and wind speed into account. That probably doesn’t matter much to you; all you’re concerned with is what damage was caused and how you can fix it, as you should be.
Even so, these factors will help give you an idea of how severe a hail storm can be. Imagine 40 mph winds with golf ball-sized hail headed for your neighborhood. They’d probably end up doing some damage.
Roofs are built to be quite sturdy, and today’s roofing technology takes heavy rainfall and large hails into account. Summit Roof can install hail-resistant shingles. While there’s no such thing as 100% hail-proof shingles, the hail-resistant ones we have are designed to soften hail impacts.
The next few months are the best time to prepare your roof for storm season. Many people will be trying to schedule roof inspections, so be sure to contact a reliable roofing company as soon as possible, before they are booked too far out. Have a roofing expert come out to do an inspection and complete any needed repairs before storm season rolls in.
What damage can be caused by hails?
Roof hail damage can be anything from minor to major. It depends on how bad you let the damage get. The most severe damages include flooding and roof collapsing. If water reaches your electrical wiring, that’s another serious, and a quite dangerous issue.
The chances of any of these things actually happening are quite small, but it should make you aware of he importance of keeping your roof in good condition.
Most such problems are caused by moisture, whether it floods your home or leaks into it from the ceiling. Any gaps in your roofing will result in water leakage and, over time, mold growth.
Also, a weak roof won’t do a good job of insulating your home. Outside heat or cold will come through and you won’t be able to maintain the temperature of your home as well. Your AC unit or heater will be forced to work much harder in order to make up for the temperature imbalance caused by temperature changes. Due to this, the lifetime of these units will be decreased and your energy bills will increase.
Finally, and perhaps the least serious part of hail damage, the appearance of your roofing may suffer. No one wants their roofing to be popping out of place or curling. You want your entire roof to look good, not just part of it.
When to file an insurance claim
If your roof hail damage is severe enough, you might need a roof replacement. The good news is that you’ll be able to file a claim with your insurance company to have it covered. The claim should stand if you have proof of damage and expenses incurred. You can easily get that proof from an inspection/estimate from a professional roofing contractor.
File the claim before you have someone come to inspect your roof. The reason for this is that some insurance companies require a representative from their staff to come inspect it. In other cases, they’ll send a licensed contractor that they have within their network. This isn’t always the case, though. Most insurance companies will approve of a contractor as long as he/she is licensed.
It’s extremely important that you don’t wait too long to file the claim, though. Most insurance companies have a statute of limitations regarding how long you have to file a claim after the damage has occurred. Because of this, it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected soon after a severe storm.
The contractor will make note of every bit of damage. He/she will also take pictures for documentation purposes. Once the inspection has been completed, you will be told the total cost for repair or replacement (whichever is necessary).
The process should go smoothly if your hire a roofing contractor that is dealing directly with your insurance company. Having the two experienced sides discuss the important matters will result in a faster settlement and quicker replacement of your roof.
If you need to have your Frisco roof hail damage repaired, give Summit Roof Service a call! Our job is to make your roof look great and function properly. We’ll come to your home or office and complete a free inspection. We’ll show you the hail damage we find and tell you how we can fix it. It’s extremely important that your roof is ready to take on the next major storm that rolls through your area.
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