Dealing With Roof Hail Damage
Natural disasters of any kind are a reminder that we live on an Earth that’s alive and dynamic. But for homeowners, natural disasters can be (at the minimum) harsh on our finances. This is why we always need to be aware of our surroundings, protect as much as we can, and follow the best process of damage control in case things do happen.
While any natural occurrence can be costly, there’s perhaps none more destructive than hail damage. It’s estimated that property damage through hail in the past years exceeded $10 billion in many countries. Due to its frequency in Colorado, it is important to be educated on what to do if your roof is damaged from hail and who to call.
Assess the Roofing Damage
Instead of getting up on the roof (you don’t want to cause more damage to yourself or the roof by walking on it), look around at the foliage in the yard (trees, shrubs, etc.). Have they been damaged? This can be a good, soft indicator of what happened on the roof. Another source is your vehicles. Any damage there? If you have frame damage on your car, then you’ll probably find damage on the roof as well.
Limit Any Further Roof Damage
There are two waves of damage through hail. The first is the frame damage where the hail has punctured shingles, glass, etc. The second wave of damage is through the water making it’s way through the damage and wreaking further havoc. Seal up damaged areas where water might penetrate. This includes shingles, skylights, etc. Also, this is a good time to document the damage through pictures. Take some shots (most cell
phones have cameras in them now) so that you can provide them to the insurance company.
Call Your Home Insurance Agent for Roofing Advice
Insurance companies are fully aware of potential hail damage, and practically all homeowners policies cover the possibility, either full or in part. (You need to review your policy once a year nonetheless to make sure you’re properly covered.) Don’t wait. Notify your agent immediately and provide a written explanation along with pictures of the damage.
Select a Reputable Roofing Company
Locating a good roofing company, like Eagleview Roofing Fort Collins, can be a challenging task. Most are honest, but there are some (known as storm chasers) who are more interested in the money than a job well done.) Apollo Roofing has experience and a base of happy customers. We are also licensed and insured which offers you peace of mind.
Choose Hail Resistant Roofing Materials
Thankfully, we live in a time of high-technology and plenty of options. Roofing manufacturers produce hail resistant materials as a standard offering that is attractive and affordable. They are rated based on the hail damage potential from 1 (offering least resistance) to 4 (most). We are happy to discuss these options with you.
The best way to minimize damage after a hail storm is to call the professionals. Eagleview Roofing Fort Collins is available to come out and give a no obligation, free estimate on the damage and what it will take to make your roof secure.