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How to Deal with Hail Roof Damage

By December 18, 2023No Comments

Here is how to deal with Hail Roof Damage from Louisiana Roof Crafters. Ever been caught in a hailstorm? Those icy pellets can race down at an astonishing 100 miles per hour – that’s faster than most cars on a highway! They’re not only a risk to people and animals, but a real threat to your home, particularly your roof. You might have seen it – that dreaded sight of your roof transformed into a lunar landscape after a hailstorm, dented and beaten. And as if that sight isn’t painful enough, you soon learn about the eye-watering cost of repairs, easily running into thousands of dollars.

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The aftermath of hail damage can feel overwhelming, but before you let panic set in, take a deep breath as we’re here to guide you through this. In this guide, we’ll help you navigate the stormy seas of hail roof damage. With the right information and a step-by-step approach, we’ll weather this storm together, getting your home back to the haven it should be. 

Recognizing the Subtle and Severe Signs of Roof Hail Damage

Hailstorms, while fascinating to watch, can leave your roof with significant damage. Often, this damage may appear as mere cosmetic scratches or small dings on your shingles. However, it’s crucial not to be misled by such seemingly minor marks. Hail damage extends far beyond what’s visible to the naked eye, and unidentified or untreated hail damage can lead to severe, costly issues down the line.

Here are the key signs to help you identify hail damage on your roof:

  • Dented or Bruised Shingles: After a hailstorm, inspect your roof for any signs of dents or bruises on the shingles. These are clear indications of hail impact. Remember, the size of the dent or bruise can vary depending on the size and velocity of the hailstones.

  • Loss of Granules: Hail can knock off the granules from the shingles, exposing the underlying layer. This loss of granules can accelerate the aging process of your shingles and leave your roof vulnerable to other elements.

  • Cracked Shingles: Severe hailstorms can cause shingles to crack. Look for random, irregularly-shaped cracks on your shingles.

  • Damaged Metal Components: Inspect metal parts of your roof such as roof vents, flashings, and gutters. They can show signs of hail damage in the form of dings and dents.

  • Leaks and Water Damage: If the hail has damaged your roof extensively, you may notice water leaks or damp spots in your attic or on your ceilings. This calls for immediate attention as water damage can lead to more complex issues like mold, electrical problems, and structural damage.

  • Damage to Roofing Felt: If the underlayment or roofing felt has been exposed to the hail, it could be damaged. Look for signs of water infiltration or spots where the roofing felt is torn or missing.

Navigating Post-Hailstorm Damage: A Practical Guide

You know how it is – a hailstorm blows through, and suddenly, you’re looking at a whole lot of damage. Here are actionable steps to ensure a quick recovery and effective repair:

Conduct a Preliminary Inspection: Start by donning safety gear – gloves, goggles, and boots. Carefully survey your property for visible signs of damage. Remember, hail can not only damage your roof but also break glass and cause other hazardous conditions. Ensure you have a camera to record any noticeable damage.

Document the Damage: Once you’ve identified areas of concern, document the damage meticulously. Take clear photographs and note down relevant descriptions. Details such as the date of the hailstorm, when you discovered the damage, and specific storm details (like hail size or wind speed) are valuable. This information will later serve as a comprehensive record for damage assessment professionals.

Take Immediate Protective Measures: In case your roof or windows are severely damaged, act swiftly to prevent further damage. For accessible roofs, use a sturdy tarp to cover any exposed areas, and do the same for broken windows. If your roof is not easily or safely accessible, reach out to a professional roofer for emergency aid.

Call in the Experts: Next, reach out to a local, licensed roofing professional to conduct a thorough inspection of your roof. Share your documented information about the storm and observed damage. This step is crucial to understand the extent of the damage and devise an effective plan for repair or replacement.

Remember, while these steps set the stage for damage control, it’s essential to have a reliable and experienced roofing partner to guide you through this process. Your quick response combined with their expertise will ensure your home recovers from the hailstorm damage effectively and efficiently.

Conquer Hail Damage: Take the Lead with LA RC

Hail damage can be daunting, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. Arm yourself with the right information, take proactive steps, and trust in expert help—this is how you take control.

At Louisiana Roof Crafters, we provide more than just roof repairs. We equip you with a clear understanding of the damage, guide you in making informed decisions, and restore your roof to its top condition.

Moreover, we know that dealing with insurance companies can be a labyrinth. With us on your side, you’ll have the guidance and support you need to secure the coverage you deserve.

Call Louisiana Roof Crafters at 225-238-6396 for more information. We service areas in Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Hammond, Covington, Mandeville, Slidell, and New Orleans, LA.

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