5 Things You Should Know About Having Your Roof Inspected After Hail Hits

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5 Things You Should Know About Having Your Roof Inspected After Hail Hits


Taking care of a home or property is a big job. Sometimes, unless there is very obvious damage to an area of your home, it is easy to assume that everything is in order and working properly. Your roof is one of those areas. However, by taking a proactive step and having your roof inspected for free by a reputable contractor, you could save yourself a lot of money down the road, and possibly be eligible for a roof replacement through your insurance. Here is what you need to know about having your roof inspected after hail hits.


1. You may be unaware of extensive damage to your roof.

Hail damage may not exhibit itself in obvious ways such as a leak in your roof. In many cases, hail damage can go unnoticed for quite some time. Yet the damage left uncorrected can, over time, cause considerable damage to your home. If your area has been hit by hail, it is best to call a qualified contractor to perform a free inspection. You might be surprised by what they find.


2.  You may qualify for a full roof replacement.

As noted above, roof leaks may not be the only indication of a damaged roof. Even without considerable obvious damage, you may qualify for a full roof replacement. Many homeowners are surprised to find out that although being unaware of damage until they have their roof inspected, they qualify for a full roof replacement.


3.  You must submit a claim for hail damage within a year following the hail storm.

Perhaps a hail storm hit your neighborhood, but calling a roofing contractor fell to the bottom of your to-do list, and now some time has passed. The good news is that many insurance companies will cover your roof for hail damage for an entire year (or more) following the hail storm, but you must make sure to file a claim in the allotted time, or insurance may not pay for the damage. If hail has hit your home within the past year, call to schedule a free inspection today.


4.  If you don’t work with a professionally-trained contractor, you may miss out on compensation.

When you call to schedule your free roof inspection, save yourself some time, headache, and potentially a lot of money by calling a local, reputable, and experienced roofing contractor. Make sure that the contractor you allow on your roof has been trained in Xactimate. A contractor trained in Xactimate will be able to hold an insurance company accountable to all expenses that should be covered by your policy, and make sure that you receive all compensation that you are entitled to.


5. If you suspect hail damage, it never hurts to call.

After a qualified roofing contractor has performed a thorough inspection on your roof, they will be able to tell you how extensive the hail damage is on your roof. They will also be able to make a recommendation as to whether you should contact your insurance company to file a claim. A reputable contractor will be willing to walk through this process with you.

Many times, the roofing contractor will meet with the insurance adjuster to go over the roof together. Even if the insurance adjuster does not “total” your roof, and qualify you for a full replacement, they may qualify you for the repairs necessary to get your roof back into proper condition. Either way, if you suspect that your roof may have hail damage from a storm within the past year or so, it is a good idea to call a local, reputable, and experienced contractor to come investigate, and give you a professional recommendation on a course of action.

Learn more:

The Zero-Headache Process For Filing a Roof Hail Claim

How Long Do I Have After Hail Hits To File An Insurance Claim?

5 Steps to Take After Hail Hits Your Roof

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