Many homeowners are not aware of hail damage on their roofs. Hail damage to rooftops often times cannot be seen from the ground, and that’s a big reason why the idea of hail damage hardly ever crosses a homeowner’s mind. Although you cannot fully determine the amount of hail damage on a roof from the ground, there are some signs that a trained eye can point out and help determine if there may be more damage up top.
- Dents in gutters, gutter screens or downspouts. If metal or vinyl exterior features are affected, your roof is also likely affected.
- Dents in siding or window sills. Look also at any other exposed metal surfaces, like metal fascia on the roof eaves for signs of hail damage impact, even if it looks like a faint ding.
- Damage to decks or painted wood surfaces. If you see chipped paint, it may be the result of hail impact.
- Sand or other roofing material in the gutter or downspouts. This is a sign of extensive damage to shingles, even when you are not able to see the harm done.
Keep in mind that some signs of hail damage might be difficult to spot. Without a close inspection, you might miss signs of damage. However, you should not give in to the temptation to climb up on your roof yourself to look. Not only could you injure yourself, but if you walk on your roof after the storm, you could have trouble getting compensation from your insurance company.
Instead, it’s better to contact a roofing company and your insurance agent for a damage assessment.
When To Get A Hail Damage Inspection
The trouble with some hail damage is that the harm is not always clearly visible directly after the storm has passed. Damage can take several weeks or even months to fully manifest. Unfortunately, many homeowners assume that their roof is fine after a hailstorm, and decide not to get an inspection only to be forced to deal with roof leaks and expensive repairs later on.
While it may take a few years for hail damage to get bad enough to cause leaks, most insurance companies have time limitations for filing a claim. This can leave homeowners footing the bill for costly damage that would have otherwise been covered by their insurance company. When it comes to your home, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so don’t wait to get a roof inspection after a storm.
What You Can Expect When You Choose Millersberg
Unpredictable storms create unpredictable problems. That’s why it’s important to choose the right roofing and siding professional to inspect the integrity of your home after a storm. It’s important to find someone who is local, properly certified, efficient, courteous, and available to complete your warranty work. All of which you’ll find working with Millersberg Construction. Contact us today at 507-301-3626 to request a free, no-obligation inspection or use our online contact form!