Do I really need to repair hail damage to my roof?
While we can understand the desire to put off what may appear to be an unnecessary repair, roofing experts agree hail damage is both a necessary and critical repair.
When shingles are hit by hail, the bond with the granules to the asphalt layer are loosened. While you may not be able to see this damage from the ground, the loosened granules often end up where your gutters drain. If you see a large accumulation of granules after hail, you should have your roof inspected.
Once the granules fall off the damaged areas of the shingles, the asphalt layer is exposed to the weather. The sun’s ultraviolet light weakens the exposed spots and makes them brittle. In the winter months, the shingles expand and contract. This can cause the shingles to curl and crack after being weakened by hail. Any exposed areas are then susceptible to leaks. The areas that curl up are also more vulnerable to wind damage.
Time is of the essence….
Storm and weather related damages have different characteristics as they pass through the seasons in Northern Colorado. This means that an inspector will be able to tell whether the damage is new or old. Insurance claim periods can vary but typically there is a set amount of time a homeowner can make a claim after the damage occurs. This time limit is in effect whether you were aware of the damage or not.
Once leaks occur, damage can be extensive due to potential subsequent damage such as mold, electrical issues, ceiling and wall damage from water and the list can go on. Damage can come very quickly and often is not initially detected.
If you suspect you have hail or storm damage, have your roof professionally inspected. High Road Roofing offers free inspections in the Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and Windsor areas.