Should you replace roof after hail?
When hail appears in the forecast, it’s often dreaded because of the property damage it can cause. Hail can quickly dent cars and break windows. It also tears up roofs. Roof hail damage can vary depending on the severity of the hailstones’ impact. Because the damage can vary so much it often leaves homeowners questioning whether to replace their roof if it’s been damaged by hail. The best way to determine this is visually inspecting the roof after the hail subsides. You can either check out the roof yourself or call in a professional like Texas Roof Systems.
Again, hail damage can vary and there will be no discernible patterns. You could see anything from dents on your flashing to a few dings on your shingles. Or you might discover cracked shingles or shingles that have been knocked loose or punctured. Even then, you might only need minor repairs, and occasionally the damage will be so inconsequential that no repairs will be needed at all. If you discover leaks, however, that’s almost always a sure sign the damage is severe enough you’re going to require major repairs or replacement. If you need roof hail damage repair in Midland and Odessa, TX, you’ll want experienced professionals for the job. You’ll find those professionals at Texas Roof Systems. To get an estimate and book a service appointment call (432) 580-7993.
How do I know if I have roof damage from hail?
After a hailstorm, when you’re inspecting your roof for roof hail damage, the following signs will indicate you have damage:
- Granules on the shingles have been knocked away. This exposes shingle’s asphalt coating to the elements and premature aging. Look for the granules in your gutters.
- Small depressions in the shingles from hail hits. Usually very soft to the touch.
- Cracked shingles from hard hail impacts expose your roof to more problems including inadequate protection from the weather.
- Fiberglass mat gets exposed. The shingle surface gets shattered and tears and cracks might result.
- Self-seal strips become weakened causing shingles to come loose or blow off.
Does hail always damage a roof?
The damage hail does depends on several variables such as the size, speed, and direction the hail falls. Your roof might not be damaged at all by the hail, especially if the hailstones are very small and don’t impact the roof hard. The problem with hail damage is that it can be deceptive. What might appear to be a few minor nicks could conceal worse damage or lead to problems later on like cracks or tears that will expose the roof to the elements. This type of damage can also lead to leaks. Even if your roof doesn’t appear to be damaged, it’s best to inspect it just in case.
Why is hail damage bad for a roof?
While roof hail damage might seem innocuous—a few dings and nicks—it often exposes the underlayment of the roof to serious problems, especially water penetration and leaks. Exposed roofing material also deteriorates much more rapidly than normal. Hail can also impact your roof so hard it can crack shingles, which may cause them to loosen and eventually fall off. It can also hit hard enough to break through the fiberglass matting under the shingles that protects them from water intrusion.
Can roof hail damage be repaired?
If you just have a few dinged-up or cracked or missing shingles you usually can get your roof repaired after a hailstorm with no problem. If the repairs are extensive or there are leaks, replacement might be the best option, especially if the roof is more than 15 or 20 years old and about due a replacement anyway.
What do you do if your roof has hail damage?
Anytime you suspect your roof might have hail damage, the first thing to do is to get the roof inspected. It’s preferable to get a professional to inspect your roof so you can get an accurate estimate of the damages. After the roof has been inspected, you might wonder, “Is roof hail damage covered by insurance?” The answer normally is “yes.” Roof hail damage is usually considered a covered peril by insurance companies, although the claim could be denied if the amount of damage doesn’t exceed your deductible. This is why it is important to get an estimate from a reputable roofer beforehand. You’ll know then whether or not to file a claim.
How to file a roof hail damage claim
Most insurance companies handle roof hail damage claims similarly. To file a claim:
- Get an inspection and damage estimate from a reputable roofer.
- Take photos and otherwise document the damage. If you can, try to take photos of the hail to document the size of the hailstones.
- Initiate the claims process by contacting the insurance company. Many times you can file a claim online or get the process started online.
Hail damage to roof shingles
If you have roof hail damage in Midland and Odessa, TX and need professional help repairing your shingles or other roofing material, you can always count on the team at Texas Roof Systems. We provide a full range of repair options for all varieties of roofs. Set up a time for an inspection and estimate by calling (432) 580-7993.