After finding hail damage on your roof, does it make sense to hold off on repairs or replacement until you detect a leak?
While we can understand the desire to put off what may seem like an unnecessary repair, experts agree repairing hail damage is a necessary and critical.
Consider how significant damage can occur over time and the amount of time you have to make an insurance claim.
See 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 can end up in your gutter drains. If you see a large accumulation of granules in your gutter drains after a hail storm get 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 susceptible to leaks. The areas that curl up are susceptible to wind damage.
- Storm and weather related damages have 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 usually there is a set amount of time a home owner can make a claim after the damage occurs. Doesn’t matter if 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 happen very quickly and often is not detected initially.
Fentress Builders Can Help
If your home suffered hail damage stop putting it off. Your roof won’t fix itself.
At Fentress Builders, Inc., we provide the highest quality roofing services – but more importantly, we help our customers make the roofing decisions that are right for them. We know the importance of planning ahead for roof replacement and our highly trained roofing specialists can assess the health of your current roof and help you develop a timeline for replacement that protects both your facility and your assets.
Please contact Fentress Builders, Inc. to schedule your free comprehensive roof assessment. You can call us at (317) 541-3600 or (877) 424-5364. You can also fill in any one of these contact us forms to get in touch with our leadership team or project managers. You can also complete this form.