Summertime thunderstorms can bring hail damage
After seasonal thunderstorms leave hail damage to local properties, Charlotte roofing companies can expect to hear their phones ringing off the hook. Storm damage brings a rash of frantic calls from homeowners in the Charlotte and Concord, NC, region requesting emergency repairs and roof estimates for the insurance claims process. When I needed someone to fix my damaged roof, I was glad my roofer was prepared.
Hail damage to asphalt shingles
Asphalt shingles are designed so that a surface coating of ceramic granules blocks UV rays to protect the asphalt underlayment. During the normal aging process, these granules slough off, and as the asphalt shingles become increasingly exposed to UV, they dry out. Shingles become cracked and brittle, and the corners begin to curl. A 20-year shingle is expected to have a useful life, under optimal conditions, of 20 years. Hail damage accelerates granule loss and the normal aging process, typically rendering a warranty null and void. The deceptive nature of hail damage is that it usually poses no immediate threat to the overall performance of the roof; left untreated, however, hail damaged shingles can seriously deteriorate, ultimately causing leaks inside the property and permanent damage to an entire roofing system.
Initial hail damage easily overlooked
Initial hail damage to asphalt shingle roofs can easily be overlooked from the ground. Often, when hailstones strike shingles, they leave just a slight indentation that results in nothing more than a small amount of surface ceramic granules washing away. At this point, immediate repairs for hail damage are seldom required or undertaken. Over time, however, minor damage becomes more serious as heat, rain, winds, snow, and cold work to further degrade roof material.
Filing storm damage insurance claims
If you suspect your home has sustained hail damage, contact one of the reputable Charlotte roofing companies servicing your area, and ask for a professional inspection. As I discovered when I needed someone to fix my damaged roof, these local expert roofers are well qualified to assess both current storm damage and areas of potential problems, and they possess the experience necessary to safely climb atop your roof to make a thorough evaluation. Even if you and your roofer decide to wait to make hail damage roof repairs, it is a good idea to file a claim as soon as possible to protect your claim coverage. Locally based roofers such as Advanced Roofing and Exteriors can help you file a hail damage or other storm damage claim with your homeowners insurance carrier. Their professional roof estimates are comprehensive and reliable, and you will find their knowledge and trustworthy advice very helpful as you consider your options.
Consider calling the expert roofers at Advanced Roofing and Exteriors to inspect your roof for hail damage. With a service area that includes Charlotte and Concord, NC, and beyond, they stand ready to help when you need them. I asked them to fix my damaged roof before this storm season arrived, and I feel confident my roof will withstand whatever the elements throw at it this year. If you are concerned you may have hail damage, call in the experts.