Hail storms can cause long-lasting damage to your residential roofing. As such, it’s best to take a proactive mindset in terms of damage prevention. However, there are times when your roof sustains damage despite your best efforts. Your expert roofing contractor discusses how to deal with such events.
What Is a Hail Storm?
When a hail storm hits your property, it can damage your asphalt shingles and the gutters along the roof. Hail forms during thunderstorms into ice crystals, specs of dust, or frozen raindrops. In the air, they increase in size and weight until gravity forces them to fall damaging rooftops.
What to Do After a Hail Storm
Right after the storm is over and things are secure, you should consider the state of your roof. Make any minor repairs until you can hire a residential roof installation expert. Unattended damage can affect your roof insurance claim.
How to Inspect Your Roof for Hail Damage
The most important thing in roof inspection is safety first. If you’re going up on your roof yourself, have a good pair of soft-soled shoes or roofing boots. Make sure that your ladder is in ideal working condition and get a co-worker to hold on to the bottom for you. Bring your camera and some chalk to mark the damaged spots. If you can, use a drone to take pictures and videos of areas that you couldn’t see from climbing up on the roof yourself.
What Statistics Reveal
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States experienced over 4,000 hail storms in 2018. Colorado had over 100,000 roofing hail damage insurance claims. Texas had more claims for hail damage during any previous year. In 2017, there were over 6,045 recorded hailstorms. In 2018, we have almost 4,000 reported so far.
Not all residential and commercial roofing repair companies cover hail damage on roofing. Check your insurance options and consult your public adjuster. Turn to Timberline Roofing and Contracting for storm damage repair. We serve the residents of Minneapolis, MN, and the upper Midwest area. Call us today at (612) 284-5329.