The good news is that most hail storms don’t damage roofs. Occasionally, though, the hail can be as large as a quarter…which is large enough to make small dents or divots in your asphalt shingles. Those divots may not cause immediate trouble for your roof and home, but over time they can wreak havoc. For instance, you’ve probably noticed that asphalt shingles have a sandy material on top. This material is added to protect the asphalt from the sun’s UV rays. When a large piece of hail hits your roof causing hail damage, it removes some of those granules and loosens others. Over time, rain washes away the loose material, exposing the asphalt. This causes the asphalt to dry up and crack, allowing water to leak in. This is one example of hail damage on a roof.
If I Have Hail Damage, Should I Replace my Roof Right Away?
You don’t have to repair or replace your roof immediately following a damaging hail storm, but keep in mind that most insurance policies limit the time that you have to file a claim. Also, if you do have damage, you have a responsibility to mitigate any further problems caused by a damaged roof. For example, if your roof has been damaged by hail, the warranty on your shingles is voided in almost every case, so it makes sense to file an insurance claim in a timely manner. But first, you need to make sure you have a claim – and for that, you need assessment from a roof replacement expert.
How Can I Check my Roof for Hail Damage?
It’s nearly impossible to adequately assess the hail damage that may exist on your roof from the ground, but roofing pros will get up on your roof for a close-up look and provide you an accurate, no-obligation assessment of its condition, degree of hail damage, and the best plan to move forward to fix it. If your roof has, in fact, sustained hail damage, your homeowners’ insurance company is responsible for the cost of replacing your roof.
Most insurance companies try to limit the dollar amount they intend to pay on their initial roof replacement cost estimate. Our team of seasoned roofing professionals will negotiate with your insurance carrier to make sure they are paying the proper amount of money, which allows you to receive the best new roof for your home.
Driftwood Builders’ roofers use only the best products and deliver the highest quality total-roof systems available, and we look forward to serving you.