How to Identify Hail Damage to Your Roof and Siding

 

Winter weather is rough on home exteriors and hail is one of the worst culprits of all. Unfortunately, many homeowners may not even be aware that hail has caused damage to their roof or siding and neglect to get it properly taken care of, despite the fact that most homeowner insurance policies will cover the cost. In today’s blog, we’ll offer some tips, tricks, and insight into how to identify whether you have hail damage on your hands so that you know when it’s time to contact your insurance company to have it fixed before it gets worse. Learn more, below.

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Hail damage usually leaves telltale signs.

How to Identify Hail Damage to Your Roof and Siding

Roofing hail damage

Roof damage can be difficult to spot because it’s often out of sight and out of mind, so it’s good practice to get into the habit of watching out for signs of trouble immediately after a hailstorm. Look for small dents on any metal components of your roof, including flashing, metal roof vents, and valleys. Shingles present 3 different types of damage, including compromised granules, bruising, and cracking. Run your hand over the shingles to feel for dimples and cracks and look out for missing granules on asphalt shingles.

Insurance companies will often cover the cost of repairs due to roof damage, but they generally require an inspection by a licensed roofer. Schaefer Siding and Exteriors is able to work closely with your insurance company to provide them with the information with little hassle from you.

Siding hail damage

Damage can look different depending on the type of siding you have on your home. Vinyl tends to resist hail damage but may lose some of its pliability. You may notice cracks or even holes blown through your vinyl siding after a hailstorm. With metal and wood siding, you are most likely to see denting.

Siding damage is also generally covered by homeowners insurance policies, so if you notice any of these signs, be sure to contact Schaefer Siding and Exteriors to inspect your siding immediately!

Got roofing questions? Schaefer Siding and Exteriors has answers.

To learn more about keeping your roofing damage-free during the winter, contact Schaefer Siding and Exteriors today. Schaefer Siding and Exteriors has been installing and repairing roofs in Maryland since 1977. We’re both VSI certified and a CertainTeed 5-Star rated siding Contractor. To learn more, contact us today at 410-781-4028 or email us. You can also visit our website for more information.

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