Have you recently weathered a major natural disaster and been impacted by hail? Maybe you’ve fallen victim to a random severe weather event that included hail? Either way, hail damage is no joke, and getting hail damage repaired quickly will save you lots of money in the long run.
In this blog, we will dive into what to look for when you’re investigating your roof for hail damage and some of the possible issues you may have as a result.
What Does Hail Damage Do to a Roof?
Much like any natural disaster or severe weather event, damage to your property is all luck and chance. If you’re short on either, then your roof may show some of the following:
- Small dents in your shingles or metal roofing panels
- Round, black areas on shingles (also known as bruising)
- Asphalt granule loss
- Cracked or broken shingles
Of course, you can’t see these things without getting on your roof, so make sure you have the proper safety measures in-place beforehand. Your best bet would be to call a qualified roofing contractor to investigate for you.
What If I Can’t See Any Roof Damage?
Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
If hail damage goes unchecked, you open your roof and ultimately your home to much bigger, more costly problems and repairs. You’re looking at everything from mold, rotting wood and sheetrock, to electrical issues and structural degradation. This could turn into numerous long calls with your insurance company.
And rest assured — you won’t be the only one to call. So even if you think there isn’t any damage, call a contractor to inspect just in case.
Hail is Big Business
Hail causes a great deal of property damage nationwide. A report by Verisk Insurance Solutions in 2021 shows that more than 6.2 million US properties were affected by one or more damaging hail events, resulting in losses of more than $14.2 billion.
Thankfully, most homeowners insurance policies will include coverage from roof damage from hail. Coverage may apply differently depending on where you live, so be sure to study your policy in-depth, or call your insurance company with any questions you may have.
Can I Do Anything to Prevent Roof Hail Damage?
There IS! Some manufacturers, like our partner Owens Corning, offers Class 4 impact-resistant shingles. Metal roofing is also a viable, durable option to keep your roof and home safe from hail.
Are they going to keep your home completely safe and damage-free? No, but they will keep your roof decking intact and likely save you a ton of money on repairs.
Another benefit of adding Class 4 shingles or impact-resistant roofing to your home is you may qualify for a discount on your homeowner’s insurance policy. Just contact your insurance agent and see what discounts may be available to you.
Buildpro: Your Best Bet to Handle Hail Damage
If your roof has suffered hail damage, you’re going to need a qualified, certified contractor, like Buildpro, to handle your roofing repairs. We’ve got you covered. We offer the best products and warranties to help you repair any damages your roof has sustained. Buildpro can even file your insurance claim for you.
Handle your hail damage with Buildpro, a company that wants to give you peace of mind for when the next natural disaster strikes. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.