Hail can quickly appear and then disappear. In its wake, it can leave a badly damaged roof that will require immediate attention. If you suspect your roofing was damaged by a hailstorm, here are some tips for handling the situation.
Inspect the Roofing
Before taking action, inspect your home's roof and gutters. Dents on the roof and gutters could be a sign of more serious damage. You do not have to climb on the roof to inspect it. You can safely and thoroughly inspect the roof from a ladder leaning against your home.
While inspecting the roof, pay close attention to the shingles. Small problems, such as the granules missing on them, mean that it is time to call in a roofing contractor. Try rubbing your hands over some of the shingles. If they feel blistered, there is some damage. The contractor can determine the extent of the problems.
Your inspection is not complete until you check the ceiling inside your home. Look for signs that water leaked into your home. Water stains or slow drips down the walls are an indication that at the very least, the flashing and shingles have been compromised. Until the roofing is repaired, you will need to monitor the interior of your home for signs of mold and mildew. If either appears, take care of it before it becomes a bigger problem.
Get a Professional Inspection
If you notice any signs of hail damage on your roof, call a professional roofing contractor to get an inspection and estimate for the repairs. The estimate can be provided to your insurance provider when you file a claim for the damage.
Do not sign a contract with the roofing contractor that allows for him or her to replace your roof for whatever the price the insurance company is willing to pay. You also should not agree to let the contractor serve as a representative with the insurance company. You need to be responsible for approving the repairs and ensuring that the contractor provides quality work.
In addition to this, ask the roofer about the warranty you can receive for the work that is completed. The warranty should not only cover the materials that are being used for the roof, but also the workmanship. Be sure you are clear on the details of the warranty to avoid any misunderstandings in the future about repairs that need to be completed.
For assistance, talk to a professional like 5 Star Roofing.
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