If you have recently experienced one of the hailstorms in the Charlotte and Concord areas, your roof needs to be inspected for hail damage. The following is a handy guide that will give you a basic idea of what you should be looking for. It is important to remember that your roof should be inspected after every storm, and also every spring, because the long cold winter has been hard on your roof. The ideal situation is to call a reputable roofing company to perform an annual inspection of your roof. They have the expertise to note any notable changes since the previous inspection. They will also detect potential issues before they become serious or expensive.
Where to look for hail damage
If you should decide to perform your own roofing inspection after a hail storm, it is recommended that you concentrate on three of the most susceptible areas, and let a professional contractor inspect all the dangerous and hard to reach areas. Consider the following:
Soft metal – Look for obvious damage to any soft metal on your roof. This would include roof vents, skylights, metal flashing, drainage valleys, and any other soft metal on the roof. Observe soft metal closely because the damage will also be vital in helping you determine the size of the hail that caused damage to your roof.
Ridges – The ridge cap of your roof takes a direct hit from hail while other parts of the roof may only suffer from glancing blows because of the pitch of the roof. Additionally, ridges are affected regardless of the direction of the hail storm.
Shingles – Take a close look at the shingles. If you know which parts of the roof was susceptible to hail that was driven by wind, pay particular attention to those areas. Many people focus on the interior areas of each shingle, but also check the edges where shingles are most vulnerable.
Hail damage to asphalt shingles
A Charlotte roofing contractor can get up close and personal to discover signs that indicate that your roof has been damaged by a hail storm. They will check for missing granules to the extent that the black layer of asphalt or fiberglass has been exposed. If these areas are soft and shiny, this could indicate new damage from a recent hail storm. Your contractor will inspect the shingles to determine if there are any dimples or indentations present. These are an indication of impact from hailstones. To the untrained eye, this bruising can be hard to detect, but will cause your shingles to fail prematurely. Finally, they will check your shingles for circular cracking that was caused because larger hail and hit the shingle hard enough to crack the fiberglass matting, making the damaged shingle susceptible to water penetration.
Call a reputable roofing company
If you suspect any potential issues during your cursory roof inspection, after wind or hail storm damage, you should immediately contact a Charlotte roofing company. The best roofing contractors specialize in insurance restoration, and offer free inspections. They are trained to discover hidden damage, while distinguishing hail damage from normal wear and tear. A reputable contractor will inform you of their findings, and will make the proper recommendations for repairs or for an insurance claim.
Hail Storm roofing experts in Charlotte, NC
When choosing a roofing company that deals with hail storm damage, you want to find the best one in the area. Advanced Roofing and Exteriors is a longtime member of the Charlotte community, and they have decades of experience in dealing with the local weather extremes. 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.