How Hail Damage May Affect Your Roof

May 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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With storm season upon us, now is the time to educate yourself about the risks of damage to your property. One of the major causes for concern during Central Iowa storm season is hail damage. With meteorologists forecasting yet another strong storm season, now is the time to gain an understanding of how hail damage impacts your roof. As your trusted Central Iowa roofing experts, we pride ourselves not only on ‘roofing done right,’ but also on educating consumers about the care and maintenance of their roofing systems. Let’s explore just how hail damages a roof.

    Initial Hail Damage
    While most property owners expect to see major divots or obvious cracks in their shingles as a result of hail damage, it’s not always all that obvious. In some cases, upon closer inspection, you can identify areas of damage in the way of concentrated spots of missing granules. While these small blemishes in your roof may seem harmless, over time they can wreak havoc.

    Exposure to the Elements
    Granules are used on asphalt shingles to protect your roof from the sun. Though the initial damage may seem minimal, exposure to wind, rain and snow causes erosion. Before you know it, those tiny, difficult to spot, blemishes are major divots in your shingles. Once large portions of your roof are exposed to UV rays, the damage continues to compound. Sun damage dries your roof out and causes cracking which eventually exposes you to leakage and water damage.

    Hail Damage Should Not be Ignored!
    There you have it. Put simply, those tiny hail marks in your shingles have the potential to dramatically shorten the lifespan of your roof. Because you may not realize the full extent of the damage your roof has sustained for months or even years, it’s important to have your roof inspected after a hailstorm. Timeliness is not only critical for the health of your roof but for insurance purposes. Depending on your policy and provider, you have a predetermined amount of time in which you are entitled to compensation for damage. Once the window has closed, your provider is no longer liable.

    Book Your Free Roof Inspection Today!
    It’s important to speak with a roofing professional before making a roof hail damage insurance claim. You may find that your damage is not substantial enough to warrant an insurance claim. Or you may very well find that you need a new roof, information that will serve you well as you deal with an adjuster.

    At Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows, we are proud to offer complimentary, no-obligation roofing inspections. Allow one of our highly experienced roofing specialists to complete your inspection and help you determine the extent of your damage.

    Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 515-981-3838 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.