Q and A: FAQs About Hail Damage and Repair
Hail is one of the most destructive forces of nature, and roofs tend to bear the brunt of hail damage. While there are only so many things you can do to strengthen your roof’s resistance against hail, knowing what to do after a punishing hailstorm can help minimize long-term damage to your home.
Here are the important issues you need to address when dealing with hail damage to your roofing system:
What Does Hail Damage Look Like?
Identifying signs of damage is the first step in fixing the problem. Hail affects different roofing materials in different ways. Hail can shave off the granules of asphalt shingle roofing, leaving bruises with no discernable pattern. These spots are usually black in color, but severe impact might expose the underlying felt.
On wood shakes, splits in the material typically indicate hail damage. Your roofing contractor explains that as with asphalt shingles, hail hits look random on wood shakes. When it comes to metal roofing, normal-sized hailstones can cause minor denting, which may not be readily apparent to the untrained eye.
Is It OK to Call Any Roofer for Help?
Whether or not you notice obvious damage to your roof after a hailstorm, it’s always best to call a professional roofer for an inspection. This way, you can either initiate the repair process promptly or rest easy knowing your roof escaped from the hailstorm unscathed.
Be aware, however, that not all roofing contractors are able to reliably handle hail storm repair jobs. Exercise due diligence to ensure you’re making a sound hiring decision. Read reviews and scrutinize your prospect’s credentials to make sure you’re working with a licensed and insured roofer.
Does Home Insurance Always Cover Hail Damage?
Home insurance policies are different so you’ll need to review yours closely to see whether or not hail damage is covered. If your policy does cover this type of damage, Colonial Remodeling can help you process your claim to ensure you get adequate compensation.
Do you have more questions about hail damage and repair? Call us at (703) 822-7222 to schedule your free consultation. We serve clients in Stafford, VA, and nearby communities.