According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a single hailstone can reach up to 120 mph before it hits the ground. So, when a hailstorm hits your area, chances are that it will cause a great deal of damage to your home’s exteriors, including your roof. And depending on the amount of damage sustained, you may need either a simple roof repair or a full replacement. STARR Roofing & Gutters explains what you need to do:
Inspect Your Roof
When it’s safe to do so, go outside and check your home for any sign of damage. Make sure to take pictures of the size of the hailstone, hail covering any surface of your property, leaks inside or outside your home, and damage on your roof. These will become useful when you file your claim afterward. You can also call in a trusted roofer for a more thorough inspection.
Hire a Professional to Do Emergency Repairs
Certain types of roof damage such as leaking roofs or broken windows can get emergency repairs to prevent further damage to your home. If you find any of this in your home after the hail storm passes, make sure to call in a trusted roof replacement contractor to address the damages. At most, they’ll do a temporary fix on your roof to mitigate the damage until a full inspection has been made.
File for an Insurance Claim
When you file for an insurance claim, you need to record the date and time of when the hail storm occurred. This is for the insurance company to verify with weather records. While most companies can allow up to 12 months to file a claim on hail damage, it’s not recommended to wait that long. This is because it can cause further damage to your roof and property over time. If you don’t want to end up paying for costly repairs, get your roof fixed immediately as soon as the storm passes.
When it comes to excellent residential and commercial roofing, STARR Roofing & Gutters is a name you can count on! Call us today at (512) 736-6539 for more information. You can also fill out our contact form.