What To Do If You Suspect Your Roof Was Damaged In A Hail Storm

A bad hail storm can wreak havoc on your roof as it may take the brunt of the storm. While many roofs hold up well in most storms, sometimes damage is inevitable. Heavy hail often leaves a pock-marked appearance and may also damage some of the barrier that protects against sun and water damage. Here are more things to think about and do before calling your insurance company when it comes to hail damage to your roof.

Take pictures:

The first thing you want to do after the storm ends, and everyone is safe, is go out and take pictures. It's best to take the photos as soon as possible after the storm to show your insurance company exactly how bad was the storm. If there are any hail stones spread around when you step outside, then take photos of those as well as any broken or bent tree branches, especially if they are touching your home.

Identify damage:

It is not recommended that you climb on your roof to check for damage, especially after a storm when the roof is wet and slippery. Though it can be hard to see the entire roof without walking on it, you should still be able to see damaged gutters and any shingles that be hanging down or damaged siding that may give you an idea that your roof is probably affected as well. The same goes with the trees around your home if they appear damaged.

Look for roof leaks:

Leaks are further proof that your roof has been damaged. You should be able to check for leaks either through your top floor's ceilings or in your attic. Roof leaks may also travel down ceilings and walls so where you see the leak may not be the actual location. Since water is good at reflecting light, try using a flashlight to help you find and trace leaks. Leaks can also happen around fixtures, such as vents and and pipes, especially if they were displaced or damaged by the storm.

Call a professional:

After you have done an initial inspection, and you suspect there is roof damage, call a roofing professional to further assess the damage. He or she will safely inspect the roof for any missing or damaged shingles and make recommendations about repair. Your gutters may also need to be repaired which can usually be done at the same time.

Fortunately, when it comes to hail damage, it's usually covered by most homeowner's policies. After you get an estimate and you are happy with the roofer, then contact your insurance provider to begin filing a claim and getting your roof repaired. To learn more, contact a storm damage repair company like FirstChoice Exteriors

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