It’s not a good way to start your day, to wake up after a storm and find that your vehicle has been damaged by hail. It can cause severe damage to your car and other property depending on how large the hail is. When hail hits, your roof is the most important part of your home. Hail can reduce the lifespan of your roof, which may require roof repair or even cause a complete roof replacement.
Hail damage can be difficult to spot if you don’t know where to look. We’ll show you how hail damage looks on your roof.
This article will explain how you can determine if your roof was damaged by hail. It also explains 3 things you need to know before getting started with the process for roof insurance claim.
Roof Repair: What does hail damage look like on a roof?
Hail damage to your roof can be either very obvious or difficult to spot. You’ll notice dents/dings in your shingles if the hail is larger than 1″ in diameter.
Even if your roof has no large dents in its shingles, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t have hail damage. You will notice hail damage on your roofing system if you have dents/dings on your gutters, roof flashing, and roof flashing.
There’s a good chance that your roof has suffered any of the above damage and it is a good idea to immediately call a roofing contractor if you suspect that your roof has suffered hail damage.
If you believe you may have hail damage, you need to call your insurance company immediately. Although a local roofer may be able to advise you on the process, they cannot perform any actual work (roof replacement/roof repair) until your insurer approves the hail damage claim.
How to determine if hail damage has occurred from the ground
A professional roofing contractor wouldn’t recommend anyone who isn’t able to safely walk on a roof to inspect for the damage. If your insurance company sends someone to inspect it, there’s no reason for you to be in danger.
Here’s a list of items to inspect for hail damage visible from the ground.
- Downspouts (Above five feet, so it cannot be blamed on lawn mower).
- Strikes or dings to your garage door
- Window screens that have holes
- Shutters or painted wood shutters are dingy
- Your electric meter, AC unit or grill may have splatter marks or dings.
- Your mailbox or other soft metals are damaged
- Dents on top of the car and its hood.