Hail can be one of the most damaging forces of nature: every year, hundreds of homes are damaged in the United States and millions of dollars are spent on hail damage repair.
But how do you recognize damage from a hail storm, and how should you go about getting it repaired? How can homeowner’s insurance be beneficial when recovering from storm damage? We’ve got you covered on every topic of hail damage repair.
Identifying Hail Damage
The effect of a hail storm on your roof can look multitudes of different ways depending on the size and speed of the hail, as well as the materials, age, and build of your roof.
Hail damage can be identified from black-colored dots on your roof, loss of granules on your roof’s shingles, dents or dings on the roof, and tears or splits in your roof’s shingles. Although these damages look like they are purely surface-level, there is a good chance that these cosmetic damages could affect the functionality of your roof as well, so it is important to get these damages repaired.
How to Repair Roof Damage
Roof damage is repairable, but should always be done by a professional. Hail damage repair can be difficult work, and depending on the severity of your roof damage, the entire roof may need to be replaced. Here’s how to go about hiring someone to repair your roof.
Step 1: Get a Roof Inspection
Preliminarily checking the roof yourself after an intense hail storm is a good idea if you’re just looking for signs of cosmetic damage, but often there can be signs of storm damage that you may overlook.
Roof inspectors are trained to quickly identify all types of roof damage, both cosmetically and functionally, as well as provide repair solutions before you search for a contractor to do the repairs. Often these roof inspections are free, so if you believe there is any chance that you may have roof damage, there is no reason not to get an inspection done just to be on the safe side.
Step 2: Find a Roof Contractor
Once your roof has been inspected and you have identified a need for repairs, you should find a reputable roof contractor to do the repairs for you. A roof keeps your house and everything and everyone in it safe, and it is imperative to have a qualified professional repair your roof to ensure that it is as safe and sturdy as possible.
Reaching out to friends who have had their roofs repaired is a good way to hire a local contractor that you know you can trust, but if you’re unable to find a referral from someone you know personally, the internet is a great resource! Searching for “roofing contractors” will lead you to lots of options, so do your research to find one that you can trust. Check to confirm that the contractor is licensed and insured, and search for reviews of their company.
Step 3: Get a Quote
After you’ve narrowed it down to a few contractors with good reviews and reputations, the next step is to get a quote. Many contractors will give you a free quote for the cost of your roof repair so you can choose a professional within your budget, however, getting a quote from your contractor is more than just about the money. This is also your opportunity to meet your potential contractor face to face and talk to them about the roof repairs.
Ask the contractor about what exactly needs to be done, how long it will take, and what materials will be used. Make sure that they are knowledgeable about their work and can answer all of your questions with certainty. This will give you a good idea about the contractor’s work ethic, professionalism, and knowledge about roofing, which are all important qualities when hiring someone to fix your roof.
A homeowner’s insurance policy typically covers roof damage, but the amount that your insurance can cover can vary based on your particular insurance provider, policy, and location. Regardless of your insurance policy, homeowners should file a claim to their insurance within a year of determining a need for hail damage repair.
It is better to file claims and begin work on your roof’s repairs as soon as possible. This will reduce the chance of more severe damage being done to your roof, and you will also have ample time to choose a roofing contractor that you trust and is within your budget.
Storms and hail damage can come out of nowhere and are nearly impossible to avoid. So when this happens to you, it’s important that you call someone who can handle your repairs quickly and safely. At Northface we’ve handled all kinds of storm damage and know how important it is to act fast. Call us right away if you believe you’ve suffered hail damage and we’ll get to work!