How to spot hail storm damage

A roof repaired from hail damageIdentifying hailstorm damage

The Charlotte and Concord area gets more than its share of hail storms every year. This means that identifying hail damage on patio furniture or your car has become an almost routine event. Everyone knows that those round dings in metal are obvious signs of hailstone damage. However, discovering whether your roof has been damaged by a hail storm may be a little more difficult. It is crucial that you keep your roof in top condition in order to avoid the type of deterioration that may cause leaks. Insurance companies are prepared to pay claims for a roof that has been damaged by hail a storm, but your roof must be properly assessed and documented.

Safety is most important

Insurance companies know that  the assessment of a local and reputable roofing contractor is one of the tools relied upon by adjusters when consenting to repair work being done, but you should know how to check for hail damage yourself before calling a roofer. It is not safe, nor is it recommended that untrained individuals climb on a roof in any type of weather. However, with a pair of binoculars, you can determine if there is enough concern to call a roofing contractor for a complete assessment.

Search for damage on the metal

Look at all your metal roof vents, flashing, and metal valleys on the roof. Do you notice any dents? Soft metal such as flashing will show dents; this is a good way to determine that size of the hailstones. Take a look at the ridge cap of the roof for dents. The ridge cap is most likely to receive the most damage from hail, since it usually takes a direct hit in a storm. Survey the shingles to look for signs of damage.

Have a roofing contractor inspect for damage

Needless to say, damages to your roof will have a significant effect on other parts of your home. Leaks can lead to molds and mildew, pest infestation, in the attic; and will eventually damage the walls and down the wall into the foundation which can result in costly repairs. It is imperative that you have periodic roof inspections in order to catch minimal damage to the structure.

Only an experienced roofing contractor can determine if there is any hail storm damage to your roof. Your roof is a specialized part of your home and roofing inspections, repairs, or replacement should be left in the hands of a trustworthy and reputable roofing contractor. Additionally, many roofing material manufacturers can void a warranty if they believe that repairs were performed improperly or by an unlicensed worker. The best roofing companies can save you from unnecessary expenses in the future.

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 on hail storm damage from one of the best roofers in the Charlotte area.