The Big Deal about a Little Hail
With the changing of the seasons, we here in the Kansas City area are becoming a crossroads for warm and cold fronts as they move across the country. Thankfully this has led to an increased level of precipitation and even a few rolls of thunder. As we in the Midwest ride the weather rollercoaster, it’s important for us to be prepared for storms and know what to do when they cause damage to our homes—especially when it comes to hail.
As one of the most costly of all weather elements, hail can wreak havoc on cars, siding, crops and, of course, roofs. It is made up of irregular-shaped stones made of water and ice that fall to the ground at high speeds, which only increase as they grow in size. Although the diameter of hail is varied, the average size of damaging hail in the United States is between one and 1.75 inches, or golf ball-sized. Once hail reaches a diameter larger than one inch (2.5 cm), the National Weather Service issues a severe thunderstorm warning, letting the public know that damage-producing hail is likely.
So, just what can hail do to a roof? A lot of no good, that’s what. When hailstones strike the surface of the roof, they can cause dents or bruises in the shingles and dislodge their granules. When this happens, it weakens the shingles and limits their ability to withstand UV rays and shed water in the future. If left untreated, the results will be roof leaks and major home damage. Thus, it’s important to deal with the hail damage right away in order to keep the situation from getting worse.
Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to spot hail damage just by looking at your roof. The bruises and dents can be so small that they are almost undetectable. For this reason, it’s important to have a professional inspect the roof and assess the damage.
Immediately after a damaging hailstorm, your first call should be to your insurance company in order to secure the funds needed for repairs. They will
either send out an adjustor or inform you of how to submit your claim. Next, you should call your roofing company and ask for an inspection. Should there be a difference between the assessments of the insurance adjustor and the roofing company, you can contact the insurance company again and ask to set up a re-inspection in which the adjustor and the roofing company meet together at your property to discuss the situation and agree on a solution. Once they have agreed, the roofing company can perform the necessary repairs and restore the quality and stability of your roof.
At Adamstree Roofing, we’ve been in the business long enough to know that hail damage is a serious matter and one that should never be taken lightly. In fact, delaying the repairs can lead to major home damage in the future by allowing water and outside elements to enter from the top. Instead of risking your property after a hail storm, we encourage you to take care of the matter quickly and protect the structure. It’s not a convenient process, but it’s one that has to be done and done right.
Today, we encourage you to deal with any hail damage that has been done to your roof. If you’ve delayed getting an inspection, we encourage you to call us at Adamstree Roofing. Our experienced crew can evaluate the roof and help you find out whether or not your home is at risk. Then, we can get to work and make the repairs necessary in order to protect your property from future damage.
Don’t wait until water is leaking into your home to take the steps you need to achieve a functional, sturdy roof. Contact Adamstree Roofing today!