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How to repair hail damage and prevent roof leaks
There are a lot of things you can prepare for. In those cases, once you’re familiar with the location, time and general properties of a situation that is about to take place, you have time to prepare and react accordingly. However, there are certain situations you can’t foresee. You know they’re coming at a certain point, but you have no idea when. In case you’re living in a naturally cold environment that has a recognizable amount of hail storms, you know what I’m talking about.
Hailstorms are at the top of the list when it comes to tracing the causes of your recent roofing problem. Even among experts, hail is considered to be the leading force in weather-related damage.
Since you’re living in that area and considering the weather reports are usually correct when it comes to predicting hailstorms, you are expected to have invested in a certain amount of additional security. However, your roof may be as secure as a roof can be, it is still advised to check for damage after a hailstorms hits.
One of the things you should check is your gutter. Any dents, be it large or small, or any crack for that matter means it’s time to call your roofing contractor. It may appear trivial, but this small dent today becomes a huge problem tomorrow. Moreover, you should check your shingles. Shingles are often coated with a granule layer, to add waterproof properties to your home. When a hailstorm hits, those granules can suffer significant damage. They can become loose or fall off. It’s not uncommon for shingles to break due to a recent hailstorm.
In case your roof is old, you should consider checking it more often. Considering its age, it’s extremely prone to any kind of damage, not only physical. Look for small signs. The damage may not be as visible at first, so look carefully. After all, your ultimate goal is to avoid any unnecessary financial costs in the future.
When it comes to inspecting your roof, it should be done in time. However, that doesn’t mean you can go all crazy on your roof. We know you’re just trying to be thorough, but refrain from walking on your roof. Although walking is easy and universal, a roof isn’t mean for any kind of foot traffic. Roofing contractors are skilled in that area and can easily walk atop your house without damaging your roof. So, unless you’re an expert, keep it minimal.
Don’t forget to file an insurance claim immediately after the hailstorm. Even if you do everything right, there’s still a chance a problem may develop in the future. Not only that, by postponing the process, the company in charge of your insurance could deny your request.
Don’t forget that you’re in charge of everything since it’s your roof. You have to grant permission for all actions that are to be taken on your property. Keep that in mind, and you’ll do perfectly fine.
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