Inspecting Your Home For Hail Damage
Summer rainstorms in southern Alberta can be beautiful to watch, but the destruction they leave behind can be costly. Tumultuous weather can bring hail in all shapes and sizes. From tiny pebbles to larger golf ball-sized, hail larger than about two centimetres can cause quite a bit of damage to your property. Therefore, after a hailstorm, it is important to inspect your property for any hail damage and create a plan to fix damages before further problems occur.
Depending on the size of hail and the wind speed, hail can cause immense damage to siding and roofs. An excellent first step when looking for any hail damage is to look at the state of the ground, trees and flowerbeds. Other places that will show signs of damage include decks, windows and outdoor air conditioner units.
Inspect all structures for dents, bruising or chipped paint. This will give you a better idea of how destructive the storm was and if there could potentially be damage to the roof. Walk around your home, looking top to bottom for any holes in the siding. There could also be dents in the siding and windows or cracks. Look closely at the sides where the wind was coming from — even small hail stones mixed with high winds can cause extensive damage.
Don't Forget To Check The Roof For Hail Damage
Getting a good view of your roof to inspect for hail damage can be a challenge. It’s a much more complex and dangerous area to get to. If you do not have the proper equipment, such as scaffolding or roof harnesses and lanyards, it is best to call in the professionals.
Hiring a qualified roof repair business is best to determine if a recent hail storm has damaged your home. However, there are a few quick and safe ways to inspect for obvious damage.
Walk Around The Outside
First, walk around the house and see if any shingles are lying on the ground. High winds mixed with hail and other debris can cause impact damage causing shingles to come loose from the roof.
Also, when shingle roofs are damaged, small granules from the shingles can be found in the eavestroughs and downspouts.
Inspect Your Home From The Inside
From inside your home, you can look out the windows and, depending on the material used on the roof and your home style, visually see any dents, bends or cracks in the roof.
If you spot any damage, contact an emergency roof repair company immediately for a hail damage inspection. It’s important that you do not delay repairs to your roof or siding when hail damage occurs. By waiting, you risk the chance of more costly repairs.
Fixing Hail Damage
If you have found damage to your home, the first step is to begin a claim with your insurance provider. Next, take pictures of any damage from various angles to accompany your claim. Finally, call us, and we will send a team to conduct a free estimate on your home or business.
Tonys Roof Repair provides emergency roof repairs to residential and commercial buildings. Specializing in shingles, asphalt, rubber, sloped, flat, or tar and gravel roofs, Tonys Roof Repair will have a team of professionals inspect and fix any damage quickly to prevent future problems from developing. We’re available 24/7. No matter what disaster strikes, you can call on us.