It seems like summer is going out like a lion with all the hail storms and wind and rain this week. Your roof is you first line of defense against the elements, but the wind, rain and hail that accompany a serious storm can cause damage. It is important to understand that not all storm damage is obvious, and hidden damage can cause problems several weeks or even a few months after a storm. In order to be sure that you do not have concealed damage, your roof should be inspected by trustworthy contractor.
Wind and hail storm damage
Hail storms cause damage in several ways. For example the high winds that are characteristic of hail storms can bend or tear shingles. This makes the underlayment and roof deck susceptible to leaks. If the wind is strong enough, it can curl shingles by breaking the seal that bonds them together. Again, your roof will be vulnerable to wind-driven rain. Depending on their size, hailstones can leave dents shingles. The broken surface combined with missing granules will cause the asphalt or fiberglass backing to become brittle and ineffective in providing protection against rain and sun damage.
After you have weathered the storm
If you do need roof repair or replacement, we will try to cover everything that you need to do in order to make your roofing project go smoothly. In the interest of safety, we do not recommend that you attempt to climb up on your roof. Especially after a storm because loose granules and broken shingles present a trip and fall hazard that could have disastrous results. Leave the climbing and the high work to professionals. If you want your roof inspected or you suspect roof damage, call a Charlotte contractor who is qualified to make a proper assessment.
There are some things that you can do that will give you an idea that there may be damage to your roof. First, go up in your attic and look for leaks and water spots on trusses or in your ceilings. Inspect the siding and other areas around your home. If siding and windows are damaged, you can be sure that some components on your roof have suffered damage as well. Check the area around your downspouts to see if there are excess granules the washed off the roof. Be sure that you call a contractor that is reputable and who has been in business for many years. As soon as you suspect damage, call your insurance company to file a claim.
Hail Storm roofing inspection 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 hail storm roofers in the Charlotte area.