You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
One of the reasons why you may need roof replacement is that your roof was severely damaged during a hailstorm. The larger the hail is, and the longer the storm lasted, the more likely it will be that your roof was damaged during the storm. Following any hail storm, you should have a roofer inspect your roof to determine if repairs are needed or if roof replacement is needed. Here are a few of the things a roofer will be looking at to determine if your roof may need to be replaced following a hailstorm.
The Age and Condition of Your Roof
One of the first things that a roofer will look at when determining whether your roof needs to be replaced is the age and condition of your roof. If your roof was already old or already in poor condition, the roof is more likely to become damaged during a hailstorm. A roof that is already in poor shape or has already reached the end of its lifespan should be replaced, regardless of whether hail damage is present or not.
The Type of Damage Present and the Scope of the Damage
Another factor that is looked at when determining whether your roof needs to be repaired or replaced after a hailstorm is the type of damage that is present and the scope of the damage. Hail can damage your roof in many different ways, depending on the type of roofing materials that are present. Hail can crack asphalt shingles or dent metal panels. If the damage is confined to one part of your roof, repairs may be recommended. However, if there is damage all over the roof, roof replacement is likely to be recommended.
Whether the Roof Is Leaking
Lastly, a roofer will look at whether your roof is leaking after a hailstorm. Hail can hit roofing materials with so much force that cracks or holes can be present. This allows water to seep through the roofing material and into the decking or sheathing of the roof. If one leak is present, the area may be repaired. If multiple leaks are present, the roof will need to be replaced.
Following a hailstorm, it is always important that you have your roof inspected for damage. Hail can be extremely damaging to many roofing materials, including asphalt shingles and ceramic tiles. A roofer can inspect your roof and determine if there is damage that needs to be repaired or if you are in need of roof replacement. If replacement is needed, your home insurance policy may help to cover the replacement costs. Reach out to a roofing company today to get started.