Learn what you can do if you need residential roof repair following a hailstorm.
If you are facing residential roof repairs following a hailstorm, you likely have many questions and want to get your roof in tip top shape as soon as possible. At Cornerstone Roofing, we deal with the aftermath of spring and summer storms every single year and can help you to know exactly what you can do.
It is important to report suspected hailstorm damage quickly to your homeowner’s insurance, so you can get the coverage you need to pay for the repairs. Waiting to move forward with coverage and repairs can lead to increased damage and can even void your insurance claim.
How Do Residential Roofing Pros Identify the Signs of Hail Damage?
There are three primary factors that impact your roof damage after the hailstorm:
- The weather conditions in the area
- The size of the hailstone
- The makeup of the asphalt shingle
It is important to always document the time when the storm took place. The insurance company will check to see if hailstones fell during the time period you reported.
Does the Size of the Hailstone Striking My Roof Affect Potential Damage?
Yes it does. Hailstones that are 0.75 inches are about the size of a penny. These “Pennies from Heaven” falling as stones of ice can damage your roof. The larger the ice chunks, the greater the potential for damage.
How Does the Hailstone’s Impact Harm the Shingles?
The most common material used in residential roofs is the asphalt shingle. It has the following three components:
- A strengthening compound such as fiberglass or organic material
- Tiny, granular pebbles
These small “sand” pebbles reflect the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays off the shingle’s surface. When the hailstone hits the shingle, it damages these protective pebbles. As a result, the UV rays hit the asphalt, which will become brittle and less resistant to wind and water damage. That may cause cracking and tearing of shingles, making it useless for roof protection.
What to Expect During the Residential Roof Repairs
First up, a roof inspection following a hailstorm will reveal a typical “bruise” that looks like a circular mark. More severe damage will look like a “ding” with a dark circular impression in the shingle. You may not have a leak after the storm, but your shingles are much weaker to resist leaks in the future.
Following the professional roofing inspection, you will get a drawing of your roof showing sample areas. It will show circular marks on the shingle within the sample. If several samples show 50% of the area is affected, most experts will recommend you replace the roof.
If the samples show less than 40% of the area is affected, you may be able to replace individual shingles, but there are other factors to consider. A broken shingle may damage the surrounding shingles. You could wind up replacing a large area that may not fix the problem. Even applying a liberal amount of asphalt adhesives may not work.
Furthermore, if your roof is old, it may be more cost effective in the long run to replace instead of attempting repair. Your residential roofing pro can offer you a recommendation if you are unsure.
Let the Experts Handle Your Residential Roof Repairs
If your home went through a hailstorm, contact Cornerstone Roofing today for a professional inspection at 770-844-9800. We will ensure you will have the details necessary to document your insurance claim. Even if the damage is minimal, you may need to pay for limited repairs to ensure prevention of roof decay. No matter what your service need is, we are ready to help.