Hail season is finally upon us. If your roof has been damaged by a recent hail storm, it’s important that you file a claim and get your roof inspected as soon as possible. At PRN Roofing, we have over 40 years of combined experience with hail damage repair in Alabama and Florida. We’ll work directly with your insurance company and restore your roof to its prior condition. Don’t wait to get your roof inspected after the storm — call PRN today.
Myths & Facts About Hail Damage
MYTH: “There isn’t any visible damage, so that means I don’t have any hail damage.”
FACT: Just because you don’t see any roof damage doesn’t mean your roof came out of the hail storm unscatched. A lot of hail damage happens underneath the shingles themselves; you could have damage to roofing membranes, flashing, or other roof components. Only a professional roofing contractor can tell if your roof has sustained hail damage, so give them a call and work with your insurance company to get your roof inspected.
MYTH: “I don’t have any missing shingles, so I don’t have hail damage.”
FACT: Hail and rain can easily dislodge shingles and remove them from your roof. However, most hail damage isn’t quite as noticable. Tiny rips in roofing materials or a single pulled-up shingle can lead to large roof leaks — and most of these types of damage aren’t visible to the untrained eye. Your roofers are masters at finding hidden roof damage along single shingles, squares, valleys, and other roofing areas and components. Even if shingles are all in place, they’ll use a trained eye and top-tier roofing technology the find leak-prone areas.
MYTH: “It’s only a little damage, so I shouldn’t even bother filing a claim.”
FACT: A little damage might not be a big deal now, but it certainly will be later. Small leaks can fill with water and expand over time, leading to expensive home damage and larger-scale roof repairs. You have insurance for a reason. Why not use it? Taking care of roof repairs quickly will ensure your roof lasts longer, and it’ll spare you headaches down the road.
Exterior paint is incredibly durable these days — but it can still be chipped by large, fast-moving hail. If you notice dents, scratches or chipped paint on your siding, trim, gutters or doors, there’s a good chance that your roof has experienced some damage as well. Get a roofing contractor to take a look at your at your roof in these situations. At worst, you’re dealing with some shingle and flashing replacements to prevent roof leaks — and at best, you don’t deal with any damage at all.
This is the number one reason people call their insurance companies, and it’s the number one sign your roof has sustained damage (obviously). Hail damage to your roof can come in the form of missing shingles, loose shingles, broken shingles, curling, or rippling. It’s important to file your insurance claim quickly and get a roofing contractor onto the scene to inspect your roof and identify damage before it gets worse.
Vents, skylights, and other roofing components can take a beating during hail storms, especially if hailstones are of the golf-ball-sized variety. Impact from hailstones can break skylights, vent covers, and vents themselves, which can create air leaks, water leaks, and the intrusion of insects and other pests. You just can’t wait when your roof has damage like this — it’s crucial to call your local roofing company as soon as possible.
CONSEQUENCES OF IGNORING A HAIL DAMAGED ROOF
When hailstones hit your asphalt shingle roof, they can occasionally poke holes in your roofing shingles. That can be a huge problem in terms of water leaks, as water can immediately enter into your attic and the rest of your home, creating flooding, pooling, water damage, and mold intrusion.
However, it doesn’t take a fully destroyed shingle to create a water leak. In fact, most water leaks form over long periods of time after hail damage can occur. When hail strikes the shingle, it removes granules from the shingle, leaving exposed shingle material that isn’t as water resistant as before. Over time, this area will catch water, sag, decompose, and eventually let water into your home.
At best, hail damage creates a tiny leak that causes minimal home damage and is easy for a roofer to fix. At worst, a small roof leak could grow into a big roof leak that soaks insulation, damages home property, and costs you thousands of dollars to fix.
Lower Energy Efficiency
When hail punctures multiple areas of your roof and damages flashing and other components, it can have a drastic effect on your home’s energy efficiency. All of those tiny holes, loose shingles, and the like can let outside air in and inside air out, making it increasingly difficult to heat and cool your home efficiently. The longer you avoid this problem, the bigger (and more expensive) it becomes.
If you ignore roof repairs after a hail storm, and notice your monthly energy is growing steadily month after month, it’s time to call your local roofing contractor. They’ll fix up your roof and keep your energy bills in check.
Insects & Critters
All of those openings in your roof don’t just let air into your home. Insects and other critters can wedge their way into these openings and enter your attic to nest and reproduce. Yikes! You’ll spend your hard-earned money hiring a pest control team when you could’ve avoided problems in the first place. Bald-faced hornets, fire ants, and roaches are all incredibly common in Alabama and Florida, and you can’t rule out mice and rats from breaking in and becoming your new roommates. Make sure you call your roofer before pests enter your home!
Shorter Roof Lifespan
When hail touches down on your roof and removes granules or displaces shingles, it can have a massive impact on your roof as a whole. Problem areas become larger, more granules are washed away by rain and wind, and your loose shingle just get looser, leading to water leaks and damaged roofing components. Soon, your roofing investment that was supposed to last two decades doesn’t look like it’s going to make it past the five-year mark.
The more you ignore your roof’s problems, the more expensive those problems will become. Getting repairs done right after a hailstorm increases the chances that repairs will be small and that your entire roof will last longer and age gracefully in the process. Don’t wait — get in touch with your local roofers today.
Insurance Claim Period TImes Out
The biggest wive’s tale of the century is that all insurance companies give you an entire year to file your hail damage claim. While that might not be true for some insurance companies, many only give you three months or six months to file your claim. Do you really want to wait 10 months to file your claim, watch your roof age, deal with roof leaks, and then eventually find out you waited too long to file your claim in the first place? That sounds like one big headache for everyone involved.
If you even suspect your roof has been damaged by hail, you should file your claim within the first month after the damage occurred. No need to call the day after a big hail storm — 90 percent of your friends and neighbors will be trying to file their claims then, and that will make it difficult to find a place in line to get your roof looked at. Wait a week or two, and you’ll be in good shape.
Choose the Hail Damage Repair Experts
Hail damage can be devastating for your roof and your entire home — it’s important to address it as quickly as possible. At PRN Roofing, we have over 40 years of experience inspecting hail-damaged roofs, working with insurance companies, and providing homeowners and businesses with top-tier hail damage repair.
Florida and Alabama can get quite a bit of hail throughout the year — that’s why we’re proud to serve Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Naples, and the surrounding areas. If you have any questions about our service area, how we handle insurance claims, or how we repair hail-damaged roofs, feel free to contact us through the form below or call us directly at 888-816-1861.