Most residential building roofs endure the worst part of hail during rainstorms. Some damage may just be restorative, with the power of the hail causing dents in the metal roofing materials. These scratches can likewise destroy the metal’s covering, exposing the rooftop to further damage by nature’s elements.
When a hailstorm hits your property, it can cause roof hail damage or the covering of your building(s) as well as other property.
Vehicles left outside, aluminum siding, asphalt shingles, and the gutters along the roof can all be negatively affected by hail.
Any type of hail can potentially cause damage to your property, but it is typically thought that 1- inch or larger stones have a greater negative impact on single-layer roofing systems, while roofs with multiple layers of shingles may face greater problems from smaller hailstones since, they usually have a softer support area underneath the top layer, allowing the tiny stones to penetrate the surface.
HAIL DAMAGE ON ROOFS
Hail can make minor significant roof issues. It is regularly hard to recognize roof damage from hail. You may just notice it after you discover other damage, for example, leaks. Metal roofs will once in a while show dings and scratches, however it might be hard to recognize hail damage on shingled or flat roofs. You probably won’t have the option to see roof damage, for example, missing or cracked shingles, from the ground, you’ll have to investigate and evaluate the damage. Search for “bruises” on roof shingles after a driving hail storm – little dark spots where the hail knocked off the shingle’s granules. While some hail damage is corrective, you ought to carry out roof replacement by replacing the missing or essentially damage shingles at the earliest opportunity.
Hail hits cause a reduction in the life expectancy of your shingles. When hail hits your shingles the top layer of granules is removed from the matting causing damage in the form of small circular marks on the shingles. These small marks eventually cause leaks leading to more costly damage such as interior drywall rot and upper roof decking damage. It may take months or years for leaks to form around these marks, but the ultimate cause is the hail. Delayed repairs can cause a lapse in the statute of limitations given by the home-owners insurance company leaving you, the homeowner, responsible for all the repairs needed. This is why it is very important to have a prompt inspection. You should not wait until you see a leak to contact a roofing contractor. The signs of hail damage on roofs include:
- Small dents in your metal flashing, valleys, and roof vents. The metal components of the roofing system are just as important as the shingles in keeping your home dry.
- Look for missing pieces of asphalt or cracks on your shingles. These are the most obvious signs that immediate repair or replacement is required.
- Not all dimples are easy to spot, so use your hand and feel your shingles for cracks and dimples. A qualified professional will do this and figure out exactly where problem areas exist.
- Inspect the ridge cap for dents as this area often takes the brunt of the damage. The ridge cap covers all roof ridges, which must be expertly installed if they’re going to keep water out, but when damaged, immediate roof replacement is expected.
- If you see black substrate in your shingles, that means the protective granules have been knocked off and the shingles need to be replaced. Shingles are made with a base material, generally, fiberglass or organic felt, an asphalt body, and granules on the surface. Many will also have a self-sealing strip for better protection. All components must be in working order to protect your home.
- If you find dimples in your shingles, push on them to feel if they offer any give. If so, this means the shingle has been compromised and roof replacement is expected.
HAIL DAMAGE ON SIDINGS
Wind-driven hail can shred and split to your house’s siding. Much of the hail damage done to siding is cosmetic, but more severe damage can cause cracks and leaks. Closely inspect your siding after a hail storm. If your house is painted, rather than sided, the hail can peel the paint and expose the wood underneath. Exposed wood, when left to the elements, can rot. These areas should be painted as soon as possible to avoid further damage.
From the start, you may not know whether you have any damage to your siding. For instance, some hail damage, or any damage brought about by climate so far as that is concerned, can be undetectable to the untrained eye. It additionally might be less visible at specific occasions of day, depending upon the light from the sun.
In case you’re uncertain whether hail or awful climate has influenced your siding, you can investigate the border of your home during early evening or noontime when the sun won’t be too bright that it projects shadows on the house, and when there is still enough light to have the option to get a decent impression or contact our siding contractor.
Another factor that will significantly affect whether you have damage, and in the event that you can see it, is the kind of siding you have. Sadly, aluminum siding can be the easiest to be damaged.
Aluminum has certain points of interest, for example, being super resistant to twisting and breaking. Particular sorts of siding like wood will be influenced by temperature changes. Aluminum then again doesn’t have that issue.
Nonetheless, it is profoundly helpless to be damaged, for example, being scratched. Children playing with a ball, for instance, can without much of a stretch reason a mark in the siding. It’s implied then that hail could cause some significant issues for aluminum siding. A ball hitting the side of your house is only one point of effect. Hail is more similar to a thousand little purposes of pressure pummeling your siding.
Different sorts of siding material, for example, vinyl may show holes or cut imprints where the hail has hit. This is an offered approach to have the option to tell that there is damage, yet recollect that since you don’t perceive any issues doesn’t imply that hail hasn’t hurt your siding.
If there are any little holes, you’ll need to address the issue immediately since it can make water saturate your home. Water damage or water that comes through broken siding boards can bring about the shape and cause basic issues to your home.
Another approach to spot hail damage is to search for chipped paint. Aluminium hail damage will, in general, be simpler to spot, yet any material can show chipped paint spots from hail. To make it somewhat simpler to look at, you can splash the siding with a hose. The water on the siding will reflect any damage that is available.
In such a case where you need to replace a section of siding or your entire home, you can trust Fit The Bill Construction for the best product and service. Our high-quality vinyl siding is impact resistant and will stand the test of time.
Since hail damage takes an expert Fit The Bill Construction to diagnose how much damage is there, it is wise to call as soon as possible to get the details on the damage and to get the ball rolling on getting the roof and sidings repaired. In most cases, the damage done to the roof and sidings may only be concentrated on one particular spot, which in turn can mean not having to replace the whole roof, only the part that was damaged by the hail storm.
After a punishing storm, many homeowners will have thoughts in their head about whom to contact, the right move is to call a licensed, certified roofing contractor and a siding contractor. A professional will come to your property, inspect the entire roofing system for any damage, and will help you decide whether or not you should open a claim. Furthermore, when you are paired with a trusted professional, your insurance company will also appreciate it and be more likely to work in tandem with someone they also respect.
If your roofing contractor does find damage, your next move is to contact your insurance company. Most homeowners’ insurance will cover the expense, leaving you to cover your deductible and peripheral expenses, like rotted-out roof decking. Just make sure that your roofing contractor is there when the insurance adjuster does their inspection so they will be on the “same page” about everything.