Rain and storms are common occurrences in Florida during springtime, which can cause significant storm damage to your home’s roof. Costly problems can arise from undiagnosed roof damage so it is important that any roof damage after a storm be diagnosed and addressed in a timely manner.

Regular Roof Inspections

Your roof should be regularly inspected. Regular inspections enable you to better know your roof’s condition before a storm so you have something to compare it with, enabling you to better document any damage and when it occurred. This is especially helpful information when filling storm-related roof damage insurance claims.

Take pictures of your roof when you inspect it so you have pictures of it in its normal state as well as photos of your roof after a hail storm comes through. This offers you unprecedented proof that your roof was damaged by hail.

Inspect Your Roof Right After a Storm

Wind and storm damage can take a toll on a roof. The sooner you check out your roof’s status after a storm, the better you can avoid damage, including leaks, inside your home or business. This is also helpful for insurance claims for roof damage because you will have more data to offer to your insurance company.

Also check your gutters to ensure they are in good condition after a storm. If your gutters show signs of storm damage, there’s a good chance your roof has experienced wear and damage during a recent hail storm.

Identifying Hail Damage

Hail damage is typically seen as fractures and/or indentations on your shingles. Hail stones come in various sizes and shapes and can make differing patterns of depressions and dents. If you don’t see any dents, check for indentations on siding, metal flashings, skylight flashings and chimney caps.

The most common types of hail damage include:

· Fractured fiberglass mats

· Cracks in the asphalt surfacing

· Granule loss on shingles

· Exposed fiberglass mats

· Loosening in the self-seal strips

Some hail damage is not immediately noticeable. It may cause latent damage that is visible right away but sometimes the damage appears over time, resulting in premature aging of shingles. Latent damage can take months or years to show up.

Call a top-rated roofing contractor

Climbing on your own roof may not always be the best idea. If you are not comfortable doing so, or if you are unsure of whether or not you have hail damage on your roof after a storm, call an expert to diagnose your roofing storm damage. The professionals at All Area Roofing & Construction, Inc. are ready to help!