Hail can be extremely damaging to your roof. Hopefully you do a regular inspection of your roof, so you can easily determine damage from hail and other issues, when needed. You should inspect your roof at least once a year.
After a hail storm, or any type of storm, you should do the following:
- Inspect the roof immediately after the storm. This will help determine if you need to submit an insurance claim for repairs, and allows you to look for potential leaks. You’ll also want to inspect your roof gutters. If they were clean before the storm, and they contain mineral granules after a storm, you probably have wear and damage from the hail storm. If you are there when the storm hits, record details such as duration, size of the hail, direction of the wind, and anything else you think might be important. Call Eagle Watch Roofing, your local Newnan roofer, to do a professional inspection.
- Take photos of any damage you find. If you see mineral granules in the gutters and on the ground, take photos of those, as well. This will help your insurance company determine the damage that has been done, and it will also help your roofing company get an initial idea of the work that needs to be performed prior to them doing their own inspection. A qualified professional will be able to find damaged areas that you may have initially overlooked.
- Don’t try to repair the roof yourself. You could end up causing more damage that your insurance company might not cover, if the work wasn’t performed by a professional. Call a licensed roofing professional to repair or replace all areas that have been damaged. Don’t take a chance on doing repairs yourself. A professional will make sure the job is done properly, and you won’t have to worry about future leaks or other issues from the hail storm.
For asphalt shingled roofs, hail damage typically consists of radial/circular areas of granule loss. This damage can affect the future performance of your roof shingles, as well as their lifespan. That is if the damage is latent, and not severe. Severe hail damage to shingles needs to be dealt with immediately to avoid leaks and further trouble down the line. Severe damage exists when a shingle or shingles is punctured or fractured by a hailstone impact. Don’t wait after a storm. Deal with the damage immediately, and call in the professionals.