Hail damage of roof is quite common than what most people think. Taking some proactive steps will help protect your roof against damage and will help you save considerable amount on your roof repair, if you own a home. You will not only ensure that your roof lasts longer but also have less roof repair expenses as well, if you take definitive steps to lessen the effects of the frozen balls on your roof. Investing in hail resistive roofing materials would be advisable and prevent hail damage of roof.
Hail storms in the recent times have produced baseball sized hail and this will help you judge the seriousness of the matter. Roofs of residential properties in major cities as well as the suburbs have been extensively damaged due to this. You can very well imagine the degree of damage that the hail of this size can cause to your roof. Hail damage of roof would be more if it is made of asphalt shingles.
There have been many homes damaged by the recent hail storms. From Georgia to California the insurance companies have been overwhelmed with the amount of claims. The insurance companies have been requesting that homeowners evaluate their property for hail damage. If you suspect that your home may have damage, there are a few key inspections that may confirm your suspicions.
The size of the hail will have an impact on the amount of damage you may find to your home. The air conditioning unit is the easiest place to locate damage. The metal coils will have dents that are circular in appearance. It may appear that the unit was struck by hundreds of golf balls.
Locate the downspouts that extend down from your gutter system. There may be large amounts of ceramic granules in the drain that have washed off of your roof system. If you find more than a handful of granules, then the integrity of your roof system has been compromised. Be sure to keep the granules in a zip lock bag to show the insurance adjuster when he or she arrives to inspect your home.
All homes usually have screens on their windows. The screens are considered an excellent source for locating hail damage. There will be dents in the screens and a torn place or two may be present as well. The larger the hail the bigger the dents will be on the screen mesh. The metal frame that holds the screen in place is likely to have dings and dents visible.
Your patio or lawn furniture is a great place to locate hail damage. Most patio or lawn furniture is made from soft metals. These soft metals will show dings and dents if it was stuck by hail stones. The material for your umbrella or the seats may have damaged material with holes present. Your grill will have dents or splatter marks from the impact of hail stones if it was out in the open.
The best place to locate the most damage is on your roof system. This can be extremely dangerous so I must advise against scaling a ladder unless you are experienced. The shingles will have divots that are clear to see. It will appear that someone has been teeing off golf balls on your roof. The roof tiles will have round circles present where the granules have been disrupted from the hail. Also, there will be more damage noted on the north elevation due to the Jet Stream. Be sure to check the soft metals on the roof structure for dents or dings.
My home suffered damage from a severe hail storm this year. It broke out our two street facing windows and our upstairs window. It totaled the exterior of our cars and even destroyed the rosebushes my wife had tried to keep alive through the summer. And the hail damaged roof? The roof was wrecked, even I could tell that and I am no roofing expert.
My doorbell was ringing almost before the rain had stopped. It was an "Invasion of the Roofing Guys." I talked to no less than five on the first day. So who do you choose? They all pretty much say the same thing. Some guys seem more professional than others, some were very pushy and applied a lot of pressure for me to sign a "no obligation" contract. I felt like I was in over my head. Who was going to rip me off the least? That was the pessimistic thought that kept coming back to me.
I eventually picked a roofing contractor that seemed like a decent kind of guy. He talked to me about his family and he convinced me he was on my side. I have a pretty good BS detector and even though I thought he was a little too pushy, overall he seemed trustworthy. He had testimonials from other home owners whose roof installations he had done. He seemed knowledgeable. Based on my limited knowledge, I felt like he was the best guy to go with out of the many I had talked to. So I didn't take the time to call any of his referrals and I signed a contract. Things started well. We got the paperwork done and he received his first check and went to work. A large group of workers descended on my house and had the roof stripped before 10:00 am on the first day. By the morning of the second day it was done and they were gone. I was amazed at how fast the job went.
Right away, I saw some things that bothered me. They left nails in the yard and a pile of shingles for me to remove. I felt like full cleanup would include nails but I let it slide. I'm sure they assumed the shingles were mine so I would want the extras. I didn't need them, and how was I to dispose of them? But the roof itself just didn't look exceptional; it bowed in some areas and had some uneven spots. Basically, it looked like a poorly done job.