Most homeowners know that hail storms can wreak havoc on their roofs. But if they don't see large holes in their roof, they might assume the hail had no impact.
Unfortunately, hail damage can be subtle at first-but the problem can compound over time. Pay attention to these reasons for why you should have professionals check your roof for damage.
1. They Spot Problems You Can't See
A professional is trained to look for common signs of hail damage that you might not see. These can include:
- Missing roof granules
- Shiny asphalt
- Bruises or dents on shingles
- Cracked, split, or missing shingles
- Holes in the roof
- Bent gutters
- Dents and dings in roof eaves, gutters, siding, vents, and chimney covers
Roof damage differs depending on the roofing material. Damaged clay roofs might crack, while damaged metal roofs are more likely to sustain dents. Damaged wood shingles might actually split into pieces.
These signs can be small and aren't always obvious to the untrained eye. In fact, some types of hail damage are as small as a pea.
Along with spotting these signs of damage, roofing professionals can discern between hail damage and other types of roof damage. For example, cracked or brittle shingles aren't necessarily caused by hail damage.Professionals know exactly what hail damage looks like compared to other types of roof damage.
2. They Determine What Impact Requires Attention
Some signs of hail affect the roof's appearance but don't actually damage its structure. This includes staining and other marks. Roofing professionals can determine whether your hail damage is merely cosmetic or whether it actually affects your roof's structural integrity.
3. They Prevent Problems from Getting Worse
Even seemingly small types of hail damage can lead to big problems if left unrepaired. For example, a tiny bruise or hole in your roof could grow larger over time. This could cause your roof to leak. It could also invite mold and rot, which could damage the structure of your roof and ceiling.
Another example is missing shingle granules after a hail storm. This might not seem like a big problem at first. However, over time as the sun's rays hit the shingles, the shingles can become more brittle and can crack or tear.
Thus, it's important to get your roof inspected and repaired right away. Roofers can fix the small problems so they don't turn into large disasters.
4. They Help You Save Money
Preventing small problems from becoming large problems helps you save money on roof repairs. It's much less expensive to fix a few damaged shingles right away than to replace your entire leaky roof a year down the road.
Getting your home inspected right away can also help you benefit from insurance payments. Insurance companies have a time limit of when you can file a storm damage claim. If you wait too long, you'll miss out on financial help from your insurance company.
5. They Recommend the Right Plan of Action
Professional roofers can help you determine whether repair or replacement is a better option. For example,if a significant portion of your roof is damaged, roof replacement may be more effective at addressing your roofing problems. Roof replacement may actually be less expensive in the long run, especially if you have an older roof.
Roofing professionals can also point out when the damage is light enough to warrant roof repair. Roof repair might include replacing shingles, gutters, or other damaged roofing parts.
After a major hail storm, it's important to call a roofing professional for an inspection-even if you don't notice obvious damage.
Call American Renovations today.We give free inspections and work directly with your insurance company to repair or replace your roof.