In the Austin area, homeowners need to be aware of hailstorms, wind, and rain. Any of these can do serious damage to a roof, especially if it is getting on in years or there is underlying damage.
Consider this: Deterioration of insulation in your attic can lead to moisture accumulation that can make your roof more prone to damage. This deterioration takes place slowly over several years.
That’s one reason why, even if your roof appears safe and sound, you can end up with serious damage after a “minor” hailstorm. Hail often leads to multiple dents and leaks in a shingle roof.
Hail damage is much not likely to create leaks in a modern metal roof, but it can still happen. If you notice large hailstones or damage to other objects (such as vehicles), also check the roof.
Storm damage isn’t always as obvious as a new leak, however.
Austin roofing contractors might be needed to spot some signs.
- Weakening of shingles due to impact damage that might not leave noticeable marks.
- Loosening and loss of shingles’ surface granules, usually noticeable inside the gutter.
- Damage to a roof’s underlayment that can make slow-growing roof leaks more likely.
- Damage to the roof’s vents, vent hood, gutters, flashing, and various other features.
Repairing storm damage quickly is crucial, especially around this time of year. There is simply no telling when the next hailstorm could kick up. When there’s more than one consecutive storm, even a roof with no previous problems could be down for the count.
Here’s what to do:
Call Austin Roofing Contractors Early
When you know a storm will be rolling through, it’s a good idea to call for a roof inspection. Don’t wait until after the storm, when reputable Austin roofers will be flooded with calls. A five-minute roof inspection can uncover issues that should be addressed as soon as possible.
If you are scheduled for a roof inspection and your home gets hit hard, then the Austin roofing contractors you’ve already scheduled will be able to help you right away. That leaves you in a better position than those who may have to wait weeks in the wake of severe weather.
Talk to Your Home Insurance Provider
Home insurance prefer to cover work performed by licensed and insured contractors – those who are in compliance with all local and state laws. Even when you select a trustworthy roofer, though, it doesn’t mean your work will always be covered.
Insurers determine coverage based on a number of factors, including the age of the roof, your policy details, and the severity of the damage. Your insurance agency will usually want to inspect the damage before work is done, but may accept photos.
Let Your Roofing Pro Help
At Longhorn Roofing, we understand insurance claims. We will help you every step of the way to get affordable, quality roofing on a timeline that safeguards your home from further damage.
To find out more or get started, contact Longhorn Roofing.