Fix Hail Damage Immediately
Updated: Aug 23, 2019
Why You Need To Address Hail Damage To Your Roof Immediately
It’s that odd time of year when there’s a break between the cold and warm seasons when a storm rolls in. You relax, listening to the sound of rain on your roof when suddenly the pitter-patter of raindrops turns into something more serious. Hail damage can be a significant issue for your roof. However, it’s easy to ignore potential damage after a hail storm or to assume that there must be no damage whatsoever. However, ignoring potential hail damage can have severe implications for your roof down the line. Storm-surge hail can fall at more than 120 miles an hour, creating damage that you may not even be able to see with a cursory inspection. Below are the reasons that it is essential to get your roof inspected by an inspector from a professional roofing company after a significant hail storm.
Damage That Meets the Eye
First of all, there may be damage that is visible to even the untrained eye. Shingles can become damaged or also come loose after a hail storm, weakening your roof’s overall structural integrity.
How Hail Affects Gutters
Many people are unaware that one of the most significant potential damage areas after a hail storm is the house’s gutters. When the asphalt on your roof’s shingles suffers damage from a hail storm, they can shed off some of their granules rather quickly. The natural angle of your roof leaves no other place for these shed granules to end up than in your gutters. Additionally, wooden shingles can also splinter or shed during a storm. The result of this shedding is clogged gutters that can cause insufficient drainage, leading to leakage or flooding.
Another Issue with Shedding Granules
Even the most high-quality shingles like the ones used by B&C Exteriors shed granules after being exposed to hail. This leaves the shingles unprotected and exposed to the elements of rain, snow and harsh winds. Shingles will also be unprotected from harsh sunlight that will eventually weaken the shingles, lowering the roof’s overall structural integrity. As time goes on, these exposed, weak shingles can substantially reduce your roof’s value and could potentially void or damage your roof’s warranty.
Why You Should Never Ignore Hail Damage
No matter what material your shingles are made from, the more exposed they are to damage from elements such as hail the more weak and brittle they will become. When your shingles become ineffective, it leads to a great deal of other potentially more serious roof repair issues. For example, damaged shingles can eventually lead to problems inside your home, such as damage to your ceilings or in-home water damage. There are a great many things just underneath your roof that are not only incredibly important to your home’s integrity, but they are things that can be damaged exceptionally easily. Your home’s electrical wires and insulation are just beneath the surface, all being protected by shingles that may have been weakened by hail damage.
When a hail storm occurs, it is crucial to have your roof inspected as soon as possible by a quality roof repair professional. Most insurance companies provide a “statute of limitations” on any potential claim you can make on hail damage. A licensed inspector will look at your roof and determine any damage that needs to be corrected to prevent more considerable damage from developing.