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March 24, 2023
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Every winter, hail damage, costs Minneapolis residents millions of dollars in damages. If there was a way to count all of the damages that occur after hail damage goes undetected or is allowed to worsen over time, the costs would be even higher.
While most people aren’t trained to climb on a roof safely and inspect for damages, we wanted to answer the question, “Why is Hail Damage Bad for a Roof?” to educate you about some of the long term damages that hail damaged roofs can cause, and give you some easy roof hail damage inspection tips so that you can protect your home if you believe that you may have been the victim of hail damage.
Most of the time, signs of hail damage are very easy to detect. Broken windows, dents on your car or truck, damages to your garage door or patio area, etc… But your roof takes on the brunt of the beating when a severe storm hits, and some of the damage can be hard to spot; even unnoticeable from the ground.
The problem is, that these unnoticeable damages can lead to latent damages months or even years down the road like; pre-mature aging, leaks in your roof, water damage to your roof deck, walls, and ceilings, and eventually cause mold problems and health problems over time.
That’s not even counting the fact that having your roofing system’s integrity compromised can cost you money in energy costs because it leads to areas of uneven insulation on your roof’s surface.
Even if there are no visible signs of roof hail damage from the ground like shingle pieces in your yard, peeling or broken shingles, or holes in your roof from a recent hail storm, you should still have a trained professional check for damages to your roof.
Even though your roof is your first line of defense against the harsh winter elements, and roofing systems are designed to protect you from impact resistance and other environmental factors, nothing lasts forever. However, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that your roof is as prepared as possible to withstand the winter beatings from hail in Minneapolis…
The first thing you should do if you believe that your roof may have suffered damages from a recent hail storm is to inspect for damages. If you don’t feel comfortable inspecting the roof by yourself, we are always only a call away, and our advice is always free.
If you do attempt to inspect for roof hail damages on your own, check out this What to Do After Storm Damage post we did and download a copy of our roof hail damage inspection checklist so you don’t forget anything.
After your damages are all documented, go over your insurance policy and then call your agent and report the damages immediately. You will need to contact your roofing contractor as well, so that they can assess the damages and give you a timeline
Hopefully, this post has answered your question, “Why is hail damage bad for a roof?” and given you some tips on how to inspect for damages in case you believe you have been a victim of roof hail damage. If you are unsure whether or not your roof has been hit by a recent hail storm, or you have any questions for us about an upcoming project, click the button below or call us at 651 703 2336 during normal business hours to have a specialist come out at your convenience and discuss your project with you!
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