It is a bad feeling to see and hear hail coming down on your property, knowing that it could potentially damage your roof. Roofs are not a cheap part of the home, so the thought of repairs can be stressful. In this blog, we’ll boil down the steps you should take if your home is affected by hail damage.
What To Do In The Event of Damage
Here are the steps to take in the event you suspect your home has been damaged by hail:
Determine the Severity
It can be tempting to jump on the roof to see the damage for yourself immediately after a storm. Please do not do this, as it can cause further damage to the roof and you can harm yourself. The best first step is to evaluate how severe the hail storm was, specifically, what size the hail stones were. If the hail just stopped, you can look outside to gauge this from the stones on the ground. If some time has passed, you can check your local news, as this will help you gauge the size and therefore, the potential severity.
Check the Perimeter
Next, you can check the grounds of the property for damage once the storm is over. Check the roof from the ground, looking for loose shingles, exposed wood, or holes. You can also use binoculars to look. In addition, check the gutters and roof flashing for damage. Since dents are easier to see on these materials, hail damage is easily identified in these types of parts. Clogged gutters are another sign of damage. Finally, check your AC fins if your unit is outside.
Get an Inspection
Call a local roofing contractor for an inspection of your property. They will be able to get up on the roof, look more carefully at the roof with expertise, and look at the rest of your roof’s components, such as the chimney, roof flashing, and gutters. They will be able to determine the extent of the damage and provide a professional recommendation as to what your next step should be.
Pick a Roofer
Be very careful about who you end up selecting as your roofing contractor to do the fixes. Many times, areas affected by hail storms will see scams for “cheap fixes” to damaged roofs. Be sure to do good research on the contractor, reading reviews, comparing quotes, and asking for references. Good contractors will also be licensed and insured.
Finally, you need to inform your insurance so that you can get financial assistance to pay for your roof fixes. Most insurance companies require reporting within 6-24 months of damage, so don’t delay in reporting. Be sure you’re also aware of the coverage your policy has.
AWS Roofing Can Help
AWS Roofing is a premier roofing contractor based in Edgewater, Florida. We offer services for both residential and commercial properties, spanning a large array of different roof types. Our family-owned and operated business has been serving our community since 1987, having supported some of our community’s most famous buildings, such as the Coast Guard Stations in both Key West, Florida and Freeport, Texas. No job is too big or too small for us.
Call Us Today
If you’ve experienced hail damage from a recent storm, allow us to serve you in getting your roof repaired. Our expert team will help you determine the severity and make it right. To get started, give us a call today at (386) 210-0331. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you soon.