That last hailstorm may have only lasted a few minutes, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t cause a world of damage. It’s important that the effects of hail on your roof be identified as early as possible. After all, most insurance policies only give you a limited amount of time to file a claim and have your roof fixed post-hailstorm. Beyond the allotted time, you may have to pay for repairs out of pocket.
At first glance, hail damage may seem like nothing more than a few minor dents, but even quarter-size hailstones can shatter tiles and even punch through thin metal sheets. These create entry points for water should it rain later on. On spotting hail damage, InspectAPedia offers the following tips:
Start by looking in your roof gutters and on the ground for large amounts of mineral granules lost from the roof. And if you are on-site during the hail storm, record the storm details: storm duration, hail size, wind direction, if you can.
Areas of lost mineral granules will be apparent, with more severe granule loss on roof slopes facing the direction from which the hailstones fell (or blew) during the storm. Inspecting an asphalt shingle roof shortly after a hail storm, if the roof has been damaged, should show that the areas of mineral granule loss have exposed “fresh” looking shingle substrate – the asphalt impregnated shingle substrate will not yet have been weathered by sun exposure.
To up your chances of winning your insurance claim, contact a reliable Charlotte roofing contractor who can help you assess your roof as soon as the hailstorm is over.
Roof Roof, one of the most sought-after roofing contractors in Charlotte NC, can help. They understand that it isn’t just your roof that needs checking in the wake of a hailstorm. They will also inspect your gutters and siding for signs of hail damage. They can help you document the damage and provide as much information as necessary to help you file a solid, hard-to-contest claim.
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(Article Excerpt from Asphalt Roof Shingle Storm or Hail Damage Identification, InspecAPedia)