Even the newest and strongest residential roofing material can be damaged by a catastrophic storm. A tornado for example can generate winds of up to 200 MPH (a roof doesn’t stand a chance). Straight-line winds can shift resulting in the shingles with the smallest degree of loose edging to tear off. Call now for a free inspection.
After finding hail damage on a roof, some home owners ask us whether it would make sense to hold off on repairs or replacement until they detect a leak. While we can understand the desire to put off what may seem like an unnecessary repair, experts agree hail damage is a necessary and critical repair. Hail can cause damage that you may not be able to see – but you still may be entitled to a replacement roof. Consider how significant damage can occur and the amount of time you have in order to make an insurance claim. The points below detail how hail damage can progress.
- The shingles hit by hail have loosened the bond with the granules to the asphalt layer. While you cannot see this from the ground the loosened granules will often end up where your gutters drain. If you see a large accumulation of granules after hail you should have your roof inspected.
- Once the granules fall off the damaged areas of the shingles, the asphalt layer will be exposed to weather. The sun’s ultraviolet light will weaken the exposed spots and make them brittle. In the winter, the shingle expands and contracts and can curl and crack after being weakened by hail. The exposed areas are then very susceptible to leaks. The areas that curl up are also more susceptible to wind damage.
- The fiber glass layer of the shingle also becomes damaged from the hail and overtime will open up to allow damage to your home
- Storm-damage has different characteristics as it passes through the seasons. Thus, an inspector can tell whether the damage is new or older. Insurance claim periods can vary but typically there is a set amount of time a home owner can make a claim after the damage occurs – whether you were aware of the damage or not
- Once leaks occur, the damage can be extensive due to potential damage from mold, electrical issues, ceiling and wall damage from water and perhaps even personal property losses. The damage can also come very quickly and often is not initially detected.
If you suspect you have hail damage have your roof professionally inspected. Bedrock Contracting offers free storm-damage inspections in areas we serve.
By far, the most dire damage to your home comes in the form of water. You should fix a leak immediately because it will only get worse: penetrating seams, rotting wood and drywall, and turning your carpets into a breeding ground for mold. But it can be difficult to tell where a leak originates.