Hailstones vary in density and size, but one thing is for sure – they can inflict significant damage to residential structures. As soon as the hailstorm passes, the aftermath is noticeable, from shattered windows to cracked siding. While the roof bears the brunt of the hail impact the most, determining damage requires the immediate attention of professional roofers.
Here are a few steps to take if you suspect hail damage on your roof.
Step #1: Inspect the Exterior
Once the storm has passed and it’s safe to go outside, look for hailstones in the backyard. Take a photo of the hail, and keep the biggest one in your freezer. This will serve as proof when you make an insurance claim. After that, check the condition of your roof, and look for any obvious signs of damage, such as missing or torn shingles. Since climbing up your roof can be dangerous, you can use a pair of binoculars to take a closer look at it from the ground. Don’t forget to check whether your gutters sustained any dents as well as look for damage on your siding, windows and air conditioning unit.
Step #2: Call a Professional Roofer
If you find signs of roof damage after your initial inspection, call professional roofers as soon as possible. They will thoroughly examine your roof and give you a roofing estimate for roof repair or replacement services. Even if you think that your roof is fine after a hailstorm, it’s still best to get in touch with the pros for an in-depth assessment. Roof hail damage may not always be visible to the untrained eye, and it’s likely you might have missed a minor issue during your visual inspection. Even the smallest issue can lead to severe damage if left unaddressed.
Step #3: Let Your Insurer Know
As an insurance policyholder, make sure you know your rights and what your policy can or cannot cover. After having your roof inspected by a reputable roofer, contact your insurance company, and let the agent know that your roof suffered damage following a hailstorm. Give the company the necessary information like the roofing estimate you acquired from your roofer to further prove your claim. If you need help claiming for hail damage repairs, a licensed public insurance adjuster can provide insight into the claim process and offer expert assistance.
If your roof sustained hailstorm damage, turn to Bone Dry Roofing. Our experts provide top-quality roof replacement and repair services, and we’ll even work closely with your insurance provider during the claims process. Schedule an appointment with Bone Dry Roofing Columbus by calling 614-602-5912 or filling out our form.