Hail can be incredibly destructive, especially when the size of the hail is upwards of a quarter-inch or more. The Detroit area sees its fair share of hail storms, so if your home is damaged after a storm, it's important to act quickly and get an inspection from a qualified roofing contractor. Smart Roof has years of experience helping owners get the service they need after storm damage. Whether you need a roof replacement, new windows, or new gutters, we can help you navigate the insurance process and provide you with exceptional roof repair services. Call our team today to schedule a free inspection for roof hail damage.
Hail storms can damage several features of your home, including your roof, gutters, windows, siding, and landscaping. When the hailstones are large enough or when winds are strong enough, significant damage can take place, even cracking or breaking windows entirely.
Roof damage from hail can take on several forms depending on the severity of the storm and the roofing material. With an asphalt roof, hail can cause black colored dots, loss of granules on the shingles, bruised shingles, impact marks or dents, tears at the edges of shingles, and splits in the shingle.
Hail can also cause damage to gutters, tearing them away from the home, causing pieces to break apart at the seams, or if the hail is strong enough, it can leave holes in the gutters. When damage is severe enough, the gutters may need to be replaced.
Many homeowners go without getting a roof inspection or filing an insurance claim if there isn't obvious damage to the home. However, it's incredibly important to contact a roofing company soon after a storm has passed through your area. Even though the roof may appear as if nothing has been damaged, a professional roofer is often needed to spot any damage that is less obvious. And when any type of roof damage is left unpaired, it can lead to even more costly repairs down the road. If you notice a leak months after the storm occurred, it may be too late to file a claim with your insurance, and the repairs will come out of your pocket.
Hail damage can certainly be repaired. Depending on the severity of the damage, it may mean simply replacing a patch of shingles, fixing some roof flashing, or if the damage is bad enough, it could mean having to replace the entire roof. When windows have been cracked or broken, they will need to be replaced completely. And if there are large dents or significant damage to gutters, those may need to be replaced as well.
Again, even if your home looks as if no damage occurred, it's still important to contact a home improvement company for an inspection. Inspections are often free, so there is no harm in having someone come out to take a look.
If damage after a hail storm is left unrepaired, the problem will only get worse over time. Shingle loss can lead to leaks, water damage, mold, ice dam formation, and more. Broken gutters can cause water to fall down the siding of your home, leading to stains, or the water could pool around the foundation of your home, resulting in damage to the concrete and the surrounding landscaping. Broken windows not only look bad but can cause utility costs to increase as well.
The bottom line is that when a hail storm passes through your area, get a professional inspection as quickly as possible. There is often no cost to you, and if your insurance approves the claim, you'll have free work done on your home.
When hail storms roll through the Detroit area and cause significant damage to your home, whether it's the roof, gutters, or windows, rest assured that the contractors at Smart Roof will treat your home as if it were their own.
We specialize in roof, gutter, and window replacements, and we are committed to using high-quality materials and providing the highest level of workmanship. Get in touch with our team today to get started.