Hail storms can leave your home with significant damage, especially the roof. The roof damage could be minimal or heavy enough to require a complete re-roofing. There are many myths surrounding hail damage and roofs.
There Is No Visible Damage
Some people mistakenly believe that because there is no visible damage to a roof following a hail storm, that the roof is fine. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily true.
Following a hail storm, it is important that the roof is physically inspected by a professional. Hail damage might not be visibly evident to the untrained eye. As a result, a problem could be left to fester which could result in an even bigger repair bill down the road.
No Shingles Are Missing
A common misconception about hail damage is that it will cause shingles to fall off the roof. Hail storms do not automatically mean that you will have missing shingles. Your roof could still possibly be damaged.
When shingles go missing, it is usually because of high winds. Every hail storm does not have high winds which means you cannot use the shingles as an indicator of damage.
An Insurance Claim Is Not Necessary
It is important that you file an insurance claim if your roof was damaged in any way from the hail storm. No matter how minimal the damage, you have to file.
Minor damages to the roof can grow over time into even bigger problems. At that point, you could be left paying for the repairs to your roof alone. If you file an insurance claim now, you could possibly receive compensation from your insurer to fix the roof when the bigger problem becomes evident.
The Roof Is Covered by Warranty
Even though you have a warranty for your roof through the manufacturer or contractor, there is a possibility that you the hail damage is not covered by it.
Some warranties have an exclusion for hail damage. Even though your new roof is made of the latest materials, time is needed for the roof to settle or become accustomed to the elements. This can leave it more vulnerable to the elements than an older roof.
Since manufacturers and contractors understand this, a special exclusion is usually made.
The best way to determine what is best for your potentially hail damaged roof is to schedule an inspection by a trained professional from a place like Lakeside Roofing. He or she can not only spot if there is any damage, but can also offer repair solutions.