One of the most distinct characteristics about hail storms is that they are quite unpredictable, and they sometimes will only affect a relatively small area. Many a homeowner has made a trip to the grocery store and returned home, surprised to find golf ball sized chunks of ice on the lawn. One part of the neighborhood can experience a devastating hail storm while those living just a few miles away will escape completely unscathed.
Reporting hail damage
What if you are out of town when a hail storm strikes your area? You may not discover the damage for two weeks after the storm. If you ever suspect that your roof has been damaged by a hailstorm, be sure to contact your insurance company immediately. Waiting to report a hail damage claim can give insurance companies cause to deny your claim. Even if you feel that you did not suffer significant damage, you need to have a roofing contractor inspect your roof for unseen hail damage that could develop into leaks.
Older roofs are more susceptible
If your roof is more than a decade old, it is much more susceptible to hailstorm damage. Several years of exposure to the sun’s rays can cause asphalt shingles to deteriorate, and make them less resistant to cracking and breaking when hit by hail stones. This sets up a scenario where damage may not be visible to an untrained professional, but eventually it becomes apparent to everyone living under the roof. If you are looking for a practical way to check for damage without climbing a ladder and crawling across the roof, check your gutters for signs of denting or damage, and look at the rest of the roof through a pair of binoculars.
Inspecting hail storm damage
Do not be that homeowner who decides to climb onto the roof and look for damage such as missing shingles, dimpled shingles, or dented flashing. It is not worth the risk; call a professional to perform the assessment. You will only place yourself in a precarious and dangerous position for no good reason. Insurance companies are only going to accept an assessment from an adjuster or a professional roofing contractor. If your insurance company accepts your claim, be sure to hire a locally owned and accredited roofing company. Beware of storm chasers, individuals or companies that use deceptive sales practices to get homeowners to hire them for roof repair.
Hail Storm roofing experts in Charlotte, NC
When you need a roofing company that deals with hail storm damage, you want to hire the best one in the area. Advanced Roofing and Exteriors is a long standing member of the Charlotte community. They have decades of experience in dealing with the local weather extremes, including hail storms. They also specialize in numerous exterior home improvement projects, including the repair of siding that has been damaged by hail. They are certified installers for CertainTeed, GAF, Owens Corning and Tamko roofing products. They carry an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau, and have received multiple years Super Service Awards from Angie’s List. Call them today for a free estimate from one of the best roofers in the Charlotte area.