Rain. Wind. Thunder. Lightning. Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Hail storms. Ice. Snow. Your roof is the 24/7 line of defense that keeps your family and belongings dry, and safe from the elements. Over the course of your roof’s lifecycle, it will endure hundreds of powerful storms, and the more exposure it has to strong storms, the more Mother Nature starts to erode the strength of your roof.
Shingles, metal and slate roofs are designed to stand the test against powerful storms, however even the strongest of roofs will begin to fail under 2” or 4” inch grapefruit size hail pounding away on your roof.
What Happens If Storm Damage Is Ignored?
Strong storms can cause both very visible and difficult to detect damage. Excessive wind damage following a hurricane or thunder storm or accompanying a snow storm can cause blown/missing shingles. If you walk outside and find a shingle sitting on your front yard, or see neighboring homes all have missing shingles or fascia or siding, the storm damage is easily observable. After excessive, 60 or 70 or even 80mph, even the toughest shingles will begin to weaken. Wind damage can lead to immediate issues, such as leaks, with portions of your roof now exposed to future rain storms, and the sun’s UV rays.
Hail Damage Roof Repair and Replacement Experts
Hail storms can be the most devastating to your home. Hail is essentially pellets of frozen rain or lumps/balls of ice. Hail can become very problematic the larger it gets. Imagine someone throwing one of the following at your home at over 50 – 100mph:
Any hail over 1 inch can cause harm to your home: your gutters, downspouts, siding, and of course your roof. Typically high winds accompany hail which violently blows hail pellets in every direction. While it only takes quarter-sized hail to cause long-term damage to your roof … imagine having tennis ball or baseball (2.75 inches) sized hail pound your roof, windows, and siding at extreme speeds for 15 minutes, or even longer. Storm and wind resistant shingles and roofing materials are only able to endure so much impact.
If hail is able to dislodge several shingles and create small holes in your roof, even small exposures can allow moisture into your home. Moisture and dampness increases the risk for mold growth. If water starts to leak into your home, it can cause mold growth and water damage, turning a small roof repair into a much costlier restoration project.
How Are Storm Damage Repairs Handled?
1) Call to set-up a free inspection
2) A storm damage expert will do a FREE comprehensive inspection of your roof and exterior to examine the integrity of your roof after all recent storms.
3) Any damage that is found will be documented and discussed with you.
4) The technician will help you explore all of your options, such as if your roof even needs repairs, if you only need small repairs (and would not be in your best interest to file a claim), or if you have significant storm damage and requires you to file a claim for a full replacement (for your insurance to cover a new roof for you).
5) Your contractor will help assist you as much or little as you want with your insurance carrier to ensure that you receive the full repairs that you are owed – being by your side to help you every part of the way.
6) Choose the color shingles that you want and schedule your new roof replacement – which is often completed in 1 to 2 days.