PLANO ROOF HAIL DAMAGE REPAIR
Roof Hail Damage
It’s a pretty well-known fact that most roof damage is caused by hailstones. Roofing materials are usually able to withstand high winds, heavy rains and varying temperatures pretty well. It’s hail that always seems to do the most damage to roofs. To prevent the need for constant repairs or a complete roof replacement, have any potential hail damage inspected by a plano roofing expert.
How you can detect damage caused by hailstones
- 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
It’s you probably won’t want to have a professional inspection completed if you have no proff of actual damage. Hail damage isn’t necessarily 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 those cases, you’ll see dents left by hailstones. 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 the gutters as well. Just like with your AC unit, the gutters can reveal damage by dent. 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 will be a sign of at least one worn shingle, since these beads come from detatched shingles. You can then continue on your way to the top of your roof, where you can find the exact damage done to your roof.
Finally, when you get to the top your roof, inspect any metal fascia 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.
Afterwards, look over your shingles as attentively as you can. Run your hand over them to feel for uneven or damaged shingles. A shingle damaged by hail will either have the look of a small indention or it will expose the plywood from underneath.
Hail impact differs depending on the roofing material
Asphalt roofs withstand hail quite well. That’s one of the reasons that it’s so commonly used across Plano, TX homes. Asphalt is hard to crack, but it will dent, and if the same spot gets hit multiple times, you could be looking at shingles that need replacement.
Metal is one of the strongest roofing materials against 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 pristine condition, but durability is not something you’ll have to worry about.
Wood, clay and concrete roofs are most susceptible to shingles cracking. In terms of probability, the same order (first to last) applies. The type of wood you have matters. There’s cedar, strong cedar and redwood, and many others. Discuss with roofing experts to see which type of wood is most suitable for you (if at all).
Concrete roofing have become more and more popular lately. In some aspects, they’ve gotten more popular than clay roofing, which are quite strong. They can crack, but it would take many large hailstones hitting them to do so.
Slate is, arguably, the best of roofing materials. Its features are the best, so you don’t have to worry much when a hail storm goes through your area. Of course, you should still have your roof inspected as needed, because damage is possible.
What factors into hail damage?
The extent of hail impact takes the size, the density, the velocity, shape and angle of the stone, and the wind speed at the time of the hail storm 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.
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 straight for your neighborhood. Those hailstones will probably do some damage.
Roofs are built to be quite sturdy, and today’s innovative materials take heavy rainfall and large hailstones 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 do 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 roofing inspections, so make sure to contact a reliable roofing company soon, before they are booked too far out. Have a roofing expert come out to do an inspection and complete any needed repairs before the storm season rolls in.
What damage can be caused by hailstones?
Roof hail damage can be minor, major, and anywhere in between. It depends on how bad you let the damge get. The most severe damages include flooding and roof collapse. If water raches your electrical wiring, that’s another serious, and 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 floords your home or leaks into it from the ceiling. Any gaps in your roofing will result in water leakage and, over time, mold and mildew growth.
Additionally, 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 harder in order to make up for the temperature imbalance caused by outside temperature. Because of this, the lifetime of these units will be decreased and your energy bills will increase.
Lastly, and perhaps the least serious aspect of hail damage, the looks of your roof may suffer. No one likes when their roofing shingles are popping out of place or curling. You want your whole roof to look good, not just some of it.
When to file an insurance claim
If your Plano, TX roof hail damage is severe enough, it might be time for it to be replaced. 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 with 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. Or, they’ll send a licensed contractor that they have within their network. That is not always the case, though. Most insurance companies will approve 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. 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 inspected soon after a major storm.
The contractor will make note of every bit of damage. He/she will also take pictures for the purpose of documentation. Once the inspection is complete, you will be told the total cost for repair or replacement (whichever is necessary).
The process should go quite smoothly if your hire a roofing contractor that will deal directly with your insurance company. Having the two experienced sides discuss the important matters will result in a quicker payment and quicker replacement of your roof.
If you need to have your Plano roof hail damage repaired, give Summit Roof Service a call! Our job is to make your roof look nice and function properly. We’ll come to your home or business and complete a free inspection. We’ll show you the hail damage that we find, and we’ll tell you how we can fix it. It’s extremely important that your roof is ready to take on the next severe storm that rolls through your area.
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