Living on the prairies, we can usually expect a few hail storms this time of year. Many people don’t think of checking their roofs for hail damage, but it is important. Hail can dent, strip or even crack your shingles, leaving sections of your roof more vulnerable to leaks and shortening the lifespan of your shingles. If you suspect that there could be damage, we recommend contacting your insurance company for an inspection. It’s important they inspect the roof from the top, as damage is often not visible from the ground. Generally, inspectors will look for the following:
- Dents on metal or plastic pieces including roof vents, flashings, metal valleys
- Indents on shingles or ridge cap (peak of your roof)
- Missing granules from shingles
- Shingles that are cracked
If there is damage, sometimes insurance will cover replacement or repair costs. A roofing contractor will be able to advise if repairs are necessary to ensure your roof remains sealed and they can work closely with your insurance agent.
Remember, if you decide to take a look up top, take necessary safety precautions! Or, better yet, call a professional!