The roof is the first barrier that hail hits when it falls. And if you live in an area with heavy hailstorms, chances are your roof will experience damages, such as cracked shingles, which will eventually result in water leaks and further damage to the interior of the house.
That said, not every type of hail can damage a roof. Small hailstorms are likely to not cause any damage at all while heavier ones might create large dents and holes in your roof.
Below is an insight on how to spot and how to repair roof hail damage.
Hail damage repair costs can vary from $4,000 to 5,000 for an average roof. This amount can go as high as $20,000 for a complete roof replacement.
After a hailstorm, it is important to check the roof and identify the extent of the damage as well as the location.
Make sure to familiarize yourself with hail damage. Learn how it looks and whether that is damage you can repair yourself or something that requires professional intervention.
Hail that is larger than 1 or 2 inches can cause great damage to the roof, especially if it is also windy. The damage signs to look for after such a hailstorm are loose granules on the shingles. While it might seem like not a very big deal, these damages can become more prominent over time and result in water leaks, mold growth, or even structural damage.
Any repairs should be conducted when the weather has calmed down and it is dry outside. Avoid starting repairs early in the morning as the roof might be slippery from morning dew. In addition, avoid getting on a roof on a very hot sunny day as the steps and the heat can damage shingles.
Makesure to use appropriate shoes with soft soles when working on a roof. In addition, use scaffolding or a platform to walk over uneven surfaces.
Other important tips and considerations
Inspect gutters and downspouts too when checking the roof for hail damage.
Check for loose granules or cracks.
Identify if single shingles can be replaced or if you need to work on a larger area.
If there is a lot of damage, get a professional contractor to review the extent of the damage and suggest the right course of action.
Contact us at RH Renovation NYC for more information.