Hail storms are a fact of life in many states and one that continues to fascinate many weathercasters. Although most common during the hot, humid days of summer, hailstones have been also known to form in other seasons as long as favorable temperatures and atmospheric conditions exist.
Unlike weathercasters, homeowners rarely feel real fascination during a hail storm. Instead, those who have a shingled roof are more apt to be singularly focused on just one thing — the potential hail damage their roof's shingles may be incurring.
If your home is located in an area where hail storms are most likely to occur, remembering to take the following actions can help you protect your home and its condition.
Look for clues that damage has occurred
When hailstones strike shingles, the force can be substantial. In addition to causing dents and breaks in the surface, the strikes can also loosen the abrasive granules on the face of each shingle. If the granules are loosened enough to be washed away, the shingle's expected life span and durability are reduced and the roof will be subject to leaking far sooner than it might otherwise be.
Homeowners should examine their roof as soon as possible after a hail storm has occurred looking for dents, cracks, or accumulations of granules in the gutters or on the ground.
Make the call to your home insurer
No matter the results of the visual inspection, homeowners should always contact their home insurance agent or broker after every hail storm, even those that seem minor. If visible evidence of damage is present, the home insurance provider can begin the claims process and schedule the home for a visit from an adjuster or a roofing contractor.
If the homeowner has no evidence that any damage has occurred, their call to their insurer is still important because it will ensure that the date of the storm is noted in their file. Since leaks caused by hail damage can take a long time to form, ensuring that each hail storm is notated in their file can help homeowners make a successful claim in the future, should the need arise.
Schedule a professional roof inspection
Peace of mind after a hail storm can be difficult to find, especially for homeowners who fear they may not recognize the signs of hail damage. A good way to alleviate that fear is to have the roof professionally inspected by a competent roofing service as soon as possible after a hail storm has occurred.
For more information, contact a residential roofing contractor.