Hailstorms can wreak havoc on the structural integrity of your roof. Your roof receives the brunt force of the storm as the amount of damage that can be caused can be significant depending on the size of the hailstone. Yet even small hailstones on an aged roof that is in poor condition could create problems. Read on to learn about how to protect your Cincinnati roof from this damage.
Problems with Hail Damage Impact
Hail damage weakens the roof structure, as the constant pounding on the roof can scrape off granules and your roof’s weatherproofing capabilities. In time, the cracks become deeper and lead to leaking. Once water penetrates the roofing structure, you have to deal with rot and mold. These issues shorten the roof’s lifespan and lead to big repair costs. Hail damage can also impact the curb appeal of your home, which can lower the property’s value.
Hail Damage Detection
It’s always ideal to have your roof inspected even if the hailstorm did not last long. You want to visually look for any missing shingles or granule loss which you may find along the bushes and grass around the foundation. When your roof is missing shingles or has experienced granule loss, it is no longer protected from the outdoor elements. Also, check for any visible dents and gutter damage.
After Hailstorm Steps
- Inspect the roof system including gutters, pipes, and chimneys.
- Document any type of damage that you may find, including taking photos of where the damage is located.
- Notify your insurance company about the damage. You’ll want to file a claim with the insurer so you can be compensated for the repairs.
- Select a reputable contractor to perform the repairs. Often you can pick the Cincinnati roofing company, as the only requirement by the insurer is that the company is licensed and insured.
Selecting a Roofing Pro
The Cincinnati roofing contractor should be licensed and have the appropriate certifications to perform the work. You want to look for an experienced and local company while avoiding the “storm chaser” scammers who move from neighborhood to neighborhood after a storm. Gather the company’s insurance information and confirm that it is accurate. You can also check their references to ensure you are working with a reputable company.
When it comes to a hailstorm, you don’t want to put off repairs. Instead, let Brandstetter’s KangaRoof perform the roof inspection and repair or replacement services. Contact us today.