Hail is a damaging weather phenomenon, and if you live in Colorado you are aware of the effects of damage hail can do to your roof, your home and your car. Virtually everything outside stands the prospect of getting damaged during a storm. and in just a few minutes. When a hailstone hits your home, it is traveling anywhere from 20 to over 100 miles per hour. When the damage is obvious, such as to windows and the hood of your car you know it! But hail effects on your roof might be different, so there may be some other things to look out for.
Colorado residents know that not only does April bring showers and flowers but hail season begins and runs through September each year. The size and density of hailstones with sharp edges can do more damage to your roof. Obviously, wind can influence both the direction and speed of hailstones. We all would hope that the wind is carrying the hailstones in another direction from your home, but if the wind carries a hail storm directly in the direction of your property you might be in for lots of damage.
The Effects of Hail
Take a walk around your house after a hail storm. Granules from asphalt shingles are a sure first sign that some damage is possible. There might be some loose granules that accumulate near gutter downspouts. Do not take a chance and grab your ladder, leave the thorough inspection to the professional. It might be the perfect time to schedule a complete roof inspection to stop any further damage. If you were maybe thinking about a roof replacement now is a good time to proceed. That’s when you need to contact an expert roofer in your area.
Hail can cause little flecks of ceramic on shingles, otherwise known as the granules, to loosen and fall off. This might not seem like a big deal but if enough missing granules come off it can expose the asphalt coating below. If that has happened, leaks are likely to start and the exposed shingle can only hold up to the weather for so long after that happens.
It might be really scary and super noisy to be in a hailstorm with a metal roof. Metal roofs will reveal dents and possibly punctures, but it is always wise to have a roofing company, like Priority Restoration come out to inspect the damage.
After the Storm
There is only one proven method to know if your roof has been compromised. Peace of mind for a homeowner is to get a free inspection of your roof by Priority Restoration to determine its integrity. And that is always best when you call a company with integrity who will make a free inspection and give you an honest appraisal of the situation. Don’t wait for companies to knock on your door, get an estimate up front from those you can trust. You will probably have to meet your insurance deductible, so it’s best to review the details of your coverage to see how much that deductible is and understand exact coverage you have.
Most storms won’t wreak your roof but might compromise the underlayment. Most homeowners have insurance that cover repairs or replacement. But that is only if damage is determined in a timely manner. It’s never good to wait to get an inspection because it can leave the roof vulnerable to leaks, rot, and other types of eventual deterioration. A complete re-roof is recommended if the roof is older or damage is widespread. This is the best way to protect your investment because newer roofing materials are stronger and more hail resistant like the new F-Wave REVIA™ premium synthetic roofing shingle. That means your roof will be warrantied to stand effects of wind and hail for many more years to come.