Hail damage from a storm can wreak havoc on your roof, your gutters, and the exterior of your home. Since vehicles are often damaged and hail damage doesn’t always show immediate signs of needing repair, many homeowners overlook the damage to their homes and don’t worry about seeking immediate repair. Unfortunately, this is often detrimental. Here’s why it’s vital to seek home hail repair immediately after a storm.
If you have an outdoor air conditioning unit, hail can bend the cooling fins, blocking air flow. Hail can also leave damage on the exterior of your home, as well as other kinds of roofing from broken tiles to dented metal. As soon as a hail storm occurs, mark down the date and time in case you need to file an insurance claim, and then call a professional to perform an inspection.
1: Roof shingles that have hit by hail loosen their bond between asphalt and granules. Though this usually isn’t visible from below, a telltale sign that this is happening is an accumulation of granules wherever your gutters drain. If you’re seeing more than a few granules in your drains, it’s time to call a professional.
2: Once granules have fallen off the damaged shingles, the leftover asphalt layer is exposed to the elements and weather including excessive sunlight which weakens exposed spots and makes them brittle. In colder weather, shingles expand and contract, and without the granules, they’ll curl and crack. This is when your roof becomes extremely susceptible to leaks as well as wind damage.
3: At this point, a roof inspector can generally estimate how old the damage is, and though insurance claim periods do vary, there is usually a set amount of time in which then a homeowner must make a claim after the damage occurs.
4: Once a leak occurs, this damage can be extensive and might include damage from mold and electrical issues as well as ceiling and wall damage from water. This kind of damage tends to happen quickly without initial detection and can be extremely expensive and time consuming.
It’s extremely important to act quickly in the event of hail damage to your home or business. We specialize in home hail damage repair, and we’ll restore your property to its condition before the storm in no time. Call us today and we’d be happy to answer your questions.