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My Roof Has Hail Damage. What Do I Do?

 

Texas and its surrounding states are no stranger to hail damage. Sudden storms during seasonal transitions can bring about surprising precipitation. Apart from checking if you and your car are okay, you should also take a look at your roof. Even if you can’t see that your roof has hail damage, it’s best to call Roof Experts to come check it out. (Don’t worry, our roof inspections are free!) There are many ways in which you’ll want to protect or repair your roof to keep it in good shape, despite what the weather has in mind.

 

What To Do If Your Roof Has Hail Damage

When your roof is damaged from hail, take a visual assessment yourself first so that you can take immediate action if needed. Here’s a better breakdown of the steps you can take and how to prepare your roof for the upcoming Texas heat.

 

  1. Assess the Damage: Start by assessing the extent of the damage. Look for signs of hail damage such as dented or cracked shingles, granule loss, or leaks inside the house. Take photos or videos for insurance purposes. Remember that if you are on your roof, make sure someone else is around in case of any accidents!


    Professional use of tarp.

  1. Temporary Repairs: If there are any obvious holes or leaks, you can make temporary repairs to prevent water from entering your home. Here’s a post about safe DIYs you can do. Use tarps, plywood, or plastic sheeting to cover damaged areas until permanent repairs can be made. Don’t make any repairs that make you uneasy! Trust the pros for that.
  2. Contact Your Insurance Company: Notify your insurance company as soon as possible. They can guide you through the claims process and provide information on what is covered under your policy. Not only that, Roof Experts has helped countless customers with their insurance claims so we know the ins and outs of the process.

    Roof Experts at work on residential roofing.

  3. *Hire a Professional*: While you can make temporary repairs yourself, it’s best to hire a professional roofing contractor like Roof Experts to assess the damage and make permanent repairs. They have the expertise and equipment to safely repair or replace damaged roofing materials.
  4. Document Everything: Keep records of all communication with your insurance company, roofing contractor (we will on our end, too!), and any receipts related to repairs. This documentation will be important for your insurance claim.
  5. Prevent Further Damage: If there’s more severe weather forecasted, take steps to protect your roof further. Secure loose materials and cover vulnerable areas with tarps or other protective measures.

  6. Regular Maintenance: We know we say it a lot, but roof maintenance is key to keeping a healthy roof! After repairs are made, schedule regular roof inspections and maintenance to catch any issues early and prevent future damage. Roof Experts offers maintenance plans and packages for your home and business!

Remember, safety should always be your top priority. If you’re unsure about the extent of the damage or how to make temporary repairs, it’s best to consult with a professional.

Conclusion

 

Hail damage is no joke. Though the hail may be small, over time, those small pings can lead to bigger issues. Get ahead of it! Take action when your roof has hail damage, do some things yourself, then call us to be sure your roof is ready for the next bout of bad weather!

 

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