We can all agree that the weather in Minnesota can be unpredictable. One minute it is sunny and beautiful; the next minute, you’re taking shelter from an unexpected storm.
Unfortunately, that sometimes includes hail. And, as a homeowner, the first thing you’re probably thinking about when that happens is potential damage to your roof.
The good news? Our team at Elysian Construction is here to help. That’s why we’ve created this guide with information on what happens during a storm, the next steps you need to take, and more.
Here’s what you need to know about dealing with a hail-damaged roof and why calling a storm damage restoration professional is always a good idea.
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What Happens to Your Roof During a Hail Storm?
During a severe storm, the presence of hail is a big problem for your roof. Not only can it cause damage to the integrity of the roof, but the associated wind from the storm can really destroy shingles and other materials.
Think of it this way. A hail storm is like someone pouring thousands of buckets of ice onto the top of your home from a helicopter. Add in other velocity factors like angle, and it’s no wonder that your roof sustains damage.
Some of the most common types of damage we see after a hail storm include:
- Loss of Shingle Granules
- Cracked Shingles
- Exposure or Damage to the Fiberglass Mat
- Damage to the Self-Seal Strip on the Shingle
It is also important to note that these issues are not specific to asphalt shingle roofs. Concrete tiles, cedar shakes, and other roofing materials can all become damaged in a hail storm.
What Should You Look for After a Hail Storm?
After a hail storm, you will want to look around your home to assess any possible damage. While determining if there are truly problems does require getting up on the roof, we suggest you leave that to the professionals for safety reasons.
Instead, look for common indicators on the ground that could lead you to believe that the shingles or other roofing materials might have sustained damage during the storm.
For example, if there are dents on your vehicle, then the velocity of the hail was likely significant enough to cause some damage to your roof. Overflowing or visibly damaged gutters and pitted siding are also key indicators.
Simply put, if you’re able to see hail damage on items that were on the ground level during the storm, there’s a good chance your roof needs a professional inspection.
Why Do You Need to Repair or Replace Your Roof After Hail Damage?
After hail damage, it is incredibly important to have your roof repaired or replaced. The reason? The damage itself can lead to more significant and more expensive issues like ice dams in the winter. This can then turn into much more costly repairs involving wood rot, mold, water damage, flooding, and even electrical problems inside your home.
The best thing you can do for your home, family, and budget is to have your roof inspected after a hail storm. This gives you peace of mind knowing if there are any issues, plus an idea of what to expect during repair or replacement.
Top Reasons You Need a Storm Damage Restoration Professional
Think you can handle the roof inspection and repair process yourself? While some projects are great for those handy do-it-yourselfers, we never suggest attempting hail damage repairs yourself. Here are three benefits of working with a professional team.
Proper Hail Damage Inspection
When you hire a dedicated storm damage restoration professional, they know exactly what to look for in terms of various problem areas on your roof. After all, this is their job. Often, a professional can find key areas of both old and new hail damage that might be causing bigger concerns or help you spot areas where you might need to make additional repairs in the future.
Experience with Insurance Claims Process and Storm Damage Restoration
Storm damage restoration experts are also highly experienced in assisting with the insurance claims process. Not only is it something they do on a daily basis, but they’ve likely worked with your local adjuster and insurance carrier in the past. This means they know the exact process to ensure the whole thing goes smoothly from beginning to end.
Getting the Storm Damage Restoration Job Done Right
A professional roofing team is always the best option when it comes to ensuring the job is handled quickly and effectively. Not only can an expert ensure your roof is repaired or replaced up to industry standards, they often provide a warranty in case there are issues down the line. As a homeowner, this gives you peace of mind in knowing that you’re being taken care of and that your home is in great condition.
Conclusion: How to Deal with a Hail Damaged Roof
Dealing with a hail-damaged roof doesn’t have to be a hassle. At Elysian Construction, we’re here to walk you through the entire storm damage restoration process from start to finish.
Our team of dedicated hail damage experts can help you assess the situation and start the insurance claims process. From there, we’ll provide expert service to repair or replace your roof in a timely manner.
Think of it as having an expert in your corner to ensure the whole process goes smoothly. Please contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.