One of the biggest conundrums homeowners face is when big storms hit hard. Damage from wind and hail is common during the summer months when the most intense thunderstorms strike. This can cause an unexpected financial burden on families that are just trying to live day to day.
Not only does hail damage homes, but it can damage vehicles and other exterior property. However, as a homeowner, you don’t have to deal with hail storms alone. Almost every standard homeowner’s insurance policy offers financial protection in case of wind and hail damage. Here is how to identify hail damage and how to get help.
Signs of Hail Damage
If a storm just passed and its hail was over 1 inch in diameter, there is a chance that your roof has sustained some damage. Here are some of the signs to look out for.
For Asphalt and Composition Shingles
- Random tears and holes with no real pattern.
- Holes that look like apple bruises that are black in color.
- Granule loss which may expose the roof felt, which is different in texture and color.
- Shiny Asphalt.
For Wood Shingles
- Random damage with no real pattern.
- A brown/orange split in the shingle.
- Any other split in shingles that you didn’t notice before the storm.
- Impact marks or dents
For Ceramic/Clay Tiles
- Random damage that doesn’t have a pattern.
- Cracks and splits in the tiles.
- Missing tiles.
Damage from hail is not to be confused with regular wear and tear, which includes blistering, cracking, general granule loss, algae, flaking, curling, or wind damage that completely ripped off sets of shingles. If you believe that your home has been damaged from hail, it’s time to call your agent — and Noble Roofing — to explore your next steps.
Call The Pros
Before another storm hits, it’s essential to call roofing professionals to get the ball rolling with quotes and emergency roof protection. You may need to live with a tarp on your roof for a short time to keep the rain away as you buy time to get official repairs done. Having roofing professionals come over ASAP is your best defense against escalating problems. Not only can roofing pros fix your roof, but they can verify if the damage is from hail. This helps significantly in the insurance claim process.
After you have help on the way, you should also contact your insurance agent. Supply them with any required information — videos, photos, timelines, before and after pictures, and anything else. When your roofing pros verify the source of the damage, you can also strengthen your claim and increase your chances of financial reimbursement for the upcoming project.
Trust Your Roof Replacement to Noble Roofing
Whether you’re looking for better form or function, or simply feel that a new roof is in order, trust Noble Roofing, the preferred choice for roof replacement in Centreville VA and surrounding cities. Give us a call at (703) 404-0505 to speak with our roofing experts. You can also request a free estimate through our online request form today.