Hail damage is unpredictable and whether your roof is made of iron, tiles or shakes, a severe hail storm can take a toll on your home, causing massive destruction- starting with the roof.
So, what do you do when it strikes? Unfortunately many homeowners are got unawares. And let me ask, do you have the time to follow up with hail insurance claims or the money to fix the hail damage?
If your honest answer to that question is a no, then a little prep can go a long way in saving you a lot of hustle and bustle of hail damage repairs.
According to experts, hail damage is a crucial roof repair given the many ways through which hail damage can bring down the entire home—literally!
Effects of Hail Damage
1. Damages caused by strong winds and bad weather over time evolve in their features. As such, a qualified professional inspector can determine whether the damage is fresh or old. When it comes to insurance claims, the periods vary but generally there’s a given duration within which a home owner is expected to lodge a claim once the damage occurs. And this is regardless of whether they were aware of the damage or not.
2. Leakages extent the damage due to a build-up of mold, damaged ceiling, wall and emerging electrical issues from water. The damage happens so fast and often goes undetected at the beginning.
3. When hail hits tiles, they loosen the grip to granules affixed to the asphalt layer. While this can be invisible from the ground, you’ll end up picking the loose granules where the gutters drain. If you find an accumulation of granules after a severe hail, call a roof inspector immediately.
4. When the loose granules drop off from the damaged tiles, the ultraviolet light from the sun hits the exposed spots, weakening and making them brittle. During the winter season, the tiles expand and contract and after being weakened by the hail, it cracks or curls. The exposed areas then become vulnerable to leaks and damage by the wind.
Ultimately, if you suspect a storm or hail damage on your roof, get a professional to inspect it. Storm Assist offers free hail damage inspections and any other assistance needed before, during and after a storm.
Avoid “Do-it-Yourself” or Quick Fixes
Are you a homeowner with a property that needs hail damage repair? Of course, there are all sorts of tips and tricks out there that promise to help you fix your roof’s hail damage in no time. But the truth of the matter is that to successfully reverse or repair any damage without reducing the value of your home, it is important to get an expert to help with the hail or storm damage repair.
In addition, it is advisable that you closely monitor weather reports to stay up-to-date with the changes in mother-nature, take measures to protect your property and prevent severe hail damage, as strong winds or hail can be disastrous.
The information contained in this article is of a general nature only. It does not take your specific needs, objectives or circumstances into consideration, and is not financial advice, legal advice or otherwise a recommendation to purchase any financial product or insurance policy. You should seek your own independent financial advice from a qualified financial and insurance adviser before making any financial decisions, and seek your own independent legal advice from a qualified solicitor before making any decisions of a legal nature.