Hailstorms are common here in Centennial and throughout the state of Colorado. One inevitable result of many hailstorms is roof hail damage. Hailstones can be highly damaging to all types of roofing systems. So, if you end up with roof damage after a Colorado hailstorm, what should you do?
Having roof hail damage repaired by your Centennial roofing company as soon after the storm as possible is in your best interest. Hail damage becomes worse over time and can morph from a minor dent into a major issue. Let’s learn more about why it’s crucial to have Centennial roof hail damage repaired promptly by an experienced roofing contractor.
Roof damage after a hailstorm may not be apparent immediately. But, in a few years, you may notice it in the form of a drip overhead in your home. A roof leak is a major issue that requires extensive repairs and even, potentially, a full roof replacement. Leaks develop gradually, meaning that a dent or small puncture from a hailstone can cause water to slowly seep into your roof, eventually causing deterioration that allows the water to reach your interiors. If you own an asphalt roof, when hail damages the outer protective coating of your asphalt shingles, the shingles themselves will be weakened and more likely to incur a leak.
Fortunately, if your roof is damaged in a hailstorm, your homeowner’s insurance policy will likely cover it. However, to ensure that you receive compensation for the cost to repair the damages, you’ll need to file a claim, and that claim will need to get approved.
In the process of submitting a claim to your insurance company, you’ll need to have an insurance inspection completed. This may be done by a representative at your Centennial roofing company or by an adjuster sent by your insurance company. The adjuster will inspect both the interior and exterior of your Centennial home for indications of damage. The amount and extent of the damage found during the inspection will impact how much compensation you’re provided by the insurance company.
It’s your right to choose the contractor that you’d like for representation during the insurance adjustment and claim process. As an expert Centennial roofing company, we have extensive experience in the insurance claim process for roof hail damage. We can ensure that the process goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Roof hail damage does more than just increase the risk of a roof leak. It also lowers the energy-efficiency of your entire home. A shingle that’s cracked, dented, or missing after a hailstorm will be less effective at keeping warm air inside of your home during the winter. So, your heater will require extra energy to keep your air warm as it compensates for the warm air leaking out from your roof. This will increase your home’s energy bills over time.
By having roof hail damage repaired ASAP, you can avoid a drop in energy-efficiency caused by a weakened roofing system.
Now that we’ve covered the top three reasons to repair roof hail damage promptly, let’s discuss the types of damage that you may face. Roof hail damage can vary based on the type of roofing material. So, by understanding the common types of damage for your roofing material, you can get a better sense of the repairs that you may need.
Hail can crack, dent, break, scrape, and even rip off asphalt shingles from your roof. The edges and corners of the shingles are the most likely to get damaged. Additionally, as we mentioned earlier in this article, hail can damage the outer protective granular coating of asphalt shingles, which will ultimately reduce the lifespan of your roof.
While slate is one of the most durable roofing materials available, it can become cracked in a hailstorm. In severe hailstorms, slate shingles may fully break and fall off of the roof, requiring replacement.
Wood shingles can crack as a result of hail impact. The cracks typically occur along the grain of the wood and may cause parts of the shingles to fall off of the roof.
Contact Spire Roofing today to schedule roof hail damage repairs.