Hail Damage

Most homeowners have seen their fair share of severe weather. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and hail storms are all common causes of roof damage. If your home has seen damage from such an event, the first step is to determine the extent of the damage. In any given year, hail storms have been known to cause billions of dollars in damage. The damage caused by hail accounts for a large percentage of homeowner’s insurance claims. However, despite the monetary amounts, hail damage is relatively hard to spot with an untrained eye. PRA Roof Contractors, Inc has two decades of experience working on roofs of all shapes and sizes. Our team has dealt extensively with insurance companies, and we work hard to make sure your claim is in the best possible shape before submission.

The Size of the Hail Matters

It is typical for any hail bigger than a quarter to cause exterior damage to homes. In fact, hailstones the size of a walnut will cause severe damage to your roof. Likewise, if your area experiences hailstones the size of golf balls or tennis balls, then you are guaranteed to have extensive damage.

If you are not sure what to look for when it comes to hail damage, it is a good idea to hire a professional contractor. Most contractors will do a roof inspection free of charge, especially after severe weather. It is important to have the inspection and file an insurance claim as soon as possible. Leaving your roof with damage will cause larger problems, like water leaks to the interior of your home.

Types of Hail Damage

Hail damage can happen quickly and sometimes it can be hard to spot where the damage has occurred. If you have never experienced hail damage before, here are a few things to look for.

Missing Granules

First and foremost, check your gutters. Most asphalt shingles will have a significant amount of damage after being impacted by a hailstorm. The top layer of an asphalt shingle is made of small granules that protect the underlying layer from the weather elements.

However, when these shingles are hit by a heavy or sharp object, like hail, the granules will loosen. Eventually, the granules will end up in your gutters. So, if after looking in said gutters you find a collection of small  granules, then you know there is damage to your roof.

Underlayment 

If the damage to your shingles is evident, it is important to inspect the underlayment and felt paper which is meant to seal out water. With missing or compromised shingles, the underlayment will be exposed to the weather. Furthermore, if a sharp hailstone hits this layer of your roofing, a hole can be punctured.

When this happens, the wood frame of your home will also become exposed to the weather elements. Because there is nothing to protect it from water, you could potentially have a leaking roof.

The accumulation of damage can also cause the weakening of the self-adhesive strip that holds the shingles in place. If one shingle comes loose, it will compromise the integrity of other shingles around it.

If, while inspecting your roof, you notice any cracks, tears, or curling of shingles, then it is important to replace them and check for damage underneath. Give PRA Roof Contractors, Inc a call today 844-204-2438 to receive a free estimate for your roofing repair project!

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Filing an Insurance Claim

Damage to your home’s roof that is caused by weather, is out of your control. It is therefore within your rights to file a homeowner’s insurance claim on the damage.

Keep in mind that the first step to doing this is taking picture of the damage, and documenting where the damage is located. Never make repairs before you have filed your claim. With most insurance plans you will have to pay a deductible. Whatever the amount is, it will be deducted from the total amount of insurance money you are receiving.

 

When you go to file an insurance claim, it is always a great idea to have a roofing contractor working with you to make the claim. Roofing contractors can personally inspect the damage and will know what the damage is worth as a whole.

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Choosing a Roof Contractor

When choosing a roofing contractor to help repair your roof’s hail damage, it is important to consider several things. For example, does the company have a proven track record of honest and reliable work? What is their experience working with insurance companies?

PRA Roof Contractors. Inc has a team of certified roofers that can install, repair, restore, inspect, and replace any size or type of roofing. For over twenty years, we have delivered quality service and workmanship to every client.

Our team places integrity at the center of every roofing project we take on. Call PRA Roof Contractors, Inc today 844-204-2438 to receive your free estimate!

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Schedule a Consultation With Us

Experience the difference when you hire an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, like PRA Roof Contractors, Inc! To schedule a consultation with our experts, simply call us at844-204-2438 or complete our Contact Form. We’ll be ready to assist you every step of the way.

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