How to Identify and Repair Roof Damage from a Hail Storm
Whether you have lived in the Raleigh area for many years or if you’ve recently moved to the area, you’ve likely noticed the quick changes in our weather patterns which bring with them plenty of severe storm activity. With more rain than Seattle and the residuals of two hurricanes hitting the Triangle in 2018, roof damage to homes has been on the rise. It’s important to know how to assess the damage and how to proceed when damage occurs. For this post, we will focus on hail damage specifically but wind damage is also a common occurrence from severe storm activity.
Hail damage is a type of roof damage that has some unique characteristics. Because the damage is often more subtle and less obvious than wind damage, it often goes unnoticed. You typically won’t see holes or dents in your roof, for example. Often, it will require a roofing professional’s experienced eye to properly identify the damage.
Here are some frequently asked questions about hail damage on your roof:
- What does hail damage look like? A hail hit on a shingle looks like a dark spot where the granules on the shingle have been knocked off and the asphalt portion of the shingle is exposed. New hail hits are usually glossy or shiny because the asphalt has been recently exposed and hasn’t been dulled by exposure to the weather. On your metal vents or flashing, it shows itself, as you might imagine, as dents in the surface of the metal.
- What does hail do to my roof? As hail impacts your roof, the shingles and other roofing materials can be damaged. Hail can accelerate the loss of the shingles’ granules. The granules are important because they block the sun’s UV rays from damaging the organic waterproofing materials in your shingles and give your shingles their attractive appearance. As shingles age, they become brittle and lose more and more granules, especially if they have been impacted by hail.
- Should I get my roof replaced immediately? It depends. Depending on the size of the hail, the hail impact may not cause any immediate threat of leaking. But that doesn’t mean the shingles are not damaged. After a hail-containing storm goes through your area, you should get the roof checked out as soon as possible. Call a trusted professional for a free assessment. If there appears to be damage caused by the storm, you need to contact your insurance company in order to file a claim. Your roofing professional should be able to walk you through this process. It is in your best interest and your insurance company’s best interest to repair any damage in a timely manner. If the damage is severe, you will want to have the roof replaced as soon as possible. If the damage is minor, you may choose to wait until a more ideal time or year or consider other factors.
While there is no way to avoid severe storms that produce hail while living in the Triangle, there are some things you can do to be prepared in the event that a severe hail storm hits your home.
Here are three tips for before and after a storm damages your roof:
- Preparation is key. Before storm season is in full swing, check your roof for any minor issues that can result in bigger problems when a storm hits. Look out for loose or missing shingles on your roof and signs of leaking on the inside. Have these areas repaired before the storms hit. Additionally, you may want to purchase additional shingles that match your existing shingles. This may help down the road if you need to make minor repairs. It is also very important to trim back or remove branches and other objects that are in close proximity to your roof as they may cause damage to the roof during a storm.
- Gather emergency supplies. As part of storm preparedness, you should have supplies available in case of a roof leak or severe roof damage. This storm kit should include plastic sheeting, a staple gun, quick sealing material such as asphalt sealant or silicone and containers to catch leaking water. Also, include your insurance company and roofing contractor’s contact information. When the storm passes, you don’t want to waste a minute digging up these important numbers and scheduling repairs.
- Schedule repairs. Try to assess the damage and schedule repairs quickly. When there’s widespread damage, roofers are in high demand. Call as soon as you can so your contractor can order the appropriate materials and make the necessary repairs as soon as possible.
Has your home experienced damage from a hail storm? If so, Triangle’s Trusted Roofing would be honored to walk with you through the process of evaluation, filing the insurance claim, meeting with your adjuster and repairing the damage. Whether you are paying out of pocket for the repairs or are receiving insurance money, we are here to help so please don’t hesitate to give us a call!