Hail stones are made up of solid ice, and can vary in size from 5 mm to as large as 5.9 inches. Coupled with the speed with which they fall, which approaches terminal velocity in some cases, hail stones can pack a pretty devastating punch – a punch that can damage your roof, and damage it badly.
Here we present you with three tips that should help you deal with roof hail damage and getting your roof repaired or replaced.
Inspecting for Roof Hail Damage
When you inspect for hail damage, you should first start from the inside. If you see drips or water stains on the inside of the rooftops, or on the walls, you have a higher priority task at hand. If ignored, this can cause permanent damage to your roof, and result in the roof having to be torn down for a replacement roof. The second step is to look on the outside, and look for dents on your shingle. Most of the times, even dents are covered under insurance protection, so making a visible roof inspection is probably important.
Get an Independent Opinion on Hail Damage
A hail damage roof is usually inspected by a representative of the insurance company who is called an adjuster. You are well advised to get an opinion from an independent professional too. Most roofing companies will provide an estimate of the damage for free, so you should not hesitate in calling your roofing company whenever your roof has been damaged by hail. The best case scenario is that the estimates made by the adjuster and the roofer match, in which case the insurance claim will be expedited.
Use The Right Roofing Material
When constructing or repairing the roof, you should use a material that can take the damage from hail. If your roof is installed with roof shingles, they should be reinforced with fiberglass or organic material. Rubber is quite a good material to cover your roof with; it is mechanically screwed to the roof.
Then there is gravel, the rock that can cut hail. Gravel will take all damage from hail stones and will not crack or break. One thing you can avoid is PVC roofs. PVC is seen to crack under hail storms, which comes from it being brittle.
Most insurance companies will issue a check directly to the roofer. To make sure that your roofer does the repairs that the insurance company has agreed to, you should get the information about the claim in writing from the insurance company as well as the roofer.