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What to do When Disaster Strikes Your Home

Waking up in the morning to discover hail damage from the previous night’s storm isn’t what we’d call the best way to start your day. Depending on the size of the hail, significant damage can be caused not only to your property, but to other personal possessions like your car.

Still, one crucial piece of your property that you need to think about when it hails is your roof – hail will shorten your roof’s lifespan and can even lead to a complete roof replacement. Damage from hail can be tricky to spot on a roof if you’re not experienced with regard to where to look, and that’s why, in this article, we’re going to cover what to do when such a disaster strikes your home.

How Does Damage From Hail Manifest Itself on a Roof?

Hail damage to a roof is either very noticeable or almost downright impossible to spot; if the hail is large enough – one-inch in diameter or bigger – the damage will manifest as dents or dings on your shingles, much like the damage hail causes to a car’s finish. But just because your roof doesn’t exhibit large dings in the shingles doesn’t necessarily mean that you haven’t experienced damage from hail, as additional signs include dings/dents/splatter marks to the roof vents and gutters, roof flashing and other roof penetrations

Now, we understand that most homeowners aren’t going to climb their roofs to inspect for specific damage, which is why we recommend a number of things to check for in terms of visible problems from the safety of the ground.

These include:

  • Downspouts (above five feet, so it can’t be blamed on a lawnmower)
  • Dings or strikes to your garage door
  • Holes in your window screens
  • Dings to any painted wood or shutters
  • Splatter marks or dings to your electric meter, AC unit or grill
  • Dents to your mailbox and other soft metals on your property
  • Dents on the top of your car and its hood

Handling Damage From Hail

After determining that your property has experienced storm damage, it’s important to find a roof repair Denver contractor that you trust and, preferably, one that boasts experience working on projects for which homeowners have filed insurance claims.

Once you take this vital step – along with filing that aforementioned insurance claim, if you’re covered – you will be in a position to potentially avoid the pitfalls that come along with ignoring a damaged roof. When ignored, shingle and roof damage can quickly turn into ice dams or leaks, which eventually evolve into mold damage, electrical issues or rotting wood – all of which are expensive to fix

If you have experienced severe roof damage from a storm or suspect your property may have been affected, contact Custom Onside immediately at 720-513-4994. Discover for yourself why we’re one of the top quality roofing companies Denver has been waiting for.

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