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Hail Damage a Threat to Roofs in Kansas City

 

Here in Kansas City, it is not uncommon to experience several hail storms during the spring and summer months. Even small hail storms can cause considerable damage to your roof.

With hail a real threat, make sure you know how to spot signs of damage on your roof so you can know when to call your insurance for a roof inspection. Don’t wait when hail strikes–know the steps to take to ensure the health of your roof.

It is important to address hail damage before it allows for any structural deterioration to your roof that could cause leaks.

 

5 Steps To Take For Your Roof When Hail Strikes

 

1. Check on your Trees

Before you consider climbing a ladder onto your roof, take a look at your trees and bushes, if they have been stripped of foliage, then there is a good chance that your roof has also been damaged.

 

2. Check Your Roof for Damage

Even if there is only minimal damage to your trees and bushes, you will still want to check on your roof.

If you are comfortable getting on your own roof, you can initially check for damage yourself. You should look for any dents in the metal of your roof, including metal vents, flashing, or valleys; dents will also help you determine the size of the hail that hit your roof.

 

3. Identify Any Evident Damage

When it comes to hail damage, your roof may be damaged in any of the following ways:

  • Bruising. Bruises on your shingles may or may not be evident to your eye. Run your fingers over the shingles to feel for any dimples, if they have “give” to them when you press down, that is an indicator of shingle deterioration, and you should call your insurance agency for a further inspection.
  • Missing Granules on the asphalt. If asphalt is missing from the shingles and exposing the under materials, this means that the shingles have been compromised by hail damage.
  • Cracks in shingles. Search for any shingles that have been cracked. Large enough hail may leave circular cracks on a shingle.

If you are not comfortable checking on your roof yourself, call a reputable roofing company in your area. A good company will send a qualified inspector over at no cost to you, help walk you through the insurance claim process if you need a new roof, and meet with the insurance adjuster when he comes to inspect the roof.

 

4. Document All Damage

Don’t try to repair hail damage on your roof by yourself. First take photos of any damage you find, and then call your insurance agent to send someone over to asses the damage.

 

5. Call a Qualified, Experienced Roofing Company

Avoid any companies that have not been in the roofing business for at least five years–you want a company that knows what they are doing, and has a good reputation in your city with a lot of happy, satisfied customers! The company you choose should be more than willing to talk you through the insurance process of having your roof repaired or replaced.

If you are in the Kansas City area, give Premier Siding, Roofing and Home Improvement a call today at (816) 436-2050, or click here to fill out an online Inspection or Estimate Request.

We would be happy to send over one of our qualified professional inspectors to perform a thorough inspection and assist you with any of your home exterior needs!

 

 

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