If you’ve never experienced the sheer force and the massive damage a hail storm can inflict on your roof, then you only need to imagine Tiger Woods driving thousands of golf balls at it. Sure, your roof may have already survived a hailstorm, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t damaged. To make sure that there will be no leaks the next time it rains, you need to hire a professional roofer who can check your roof for damage.
What to check when inspecting your roof for damage:
- Loss of slates
- Damage to flashing
- Obvious structural failings
Hail damage: Evidence
It’s important to bear in mind that hail does indeed vary in size and this means that the amount of damage it can inflict on your roof varies as well. If the hail is large, then you can expect the damage to be significant as well. That doesn’t mean though that smaller hail may not damage your roof. In fact, even hail that’s less than 0.5 inch in size can severely damage your roof. With that in mind, below we’re going to take a closer look at what a professional roofer will check after your roof has been through a hailstorm:
What can I do if my roof was damaged by hail?
Check the damage: This is common sense, but your roofing technician will do a much better job when it comes to fixing your roof if they know exactly how damaged your roof is. Rest assured, since you don’t need to know everything. Just by seeing just how much your roof was damaged and what parts of it and then articulating that to the roofer, he’ll know exactly what tools and materials to bring in order to fix it as soon as possible.
Once the roofer arrives at your address, he’ll start working towards fixing the roof. Whether a few shingles or a few dozen shingles have been damaged, the roofer will proceed to removing and replacing them right away. If the damage is extensive, then the roofer may suggest that you replace the entire roof. You can opt between repairing and replacing your roof, but if the damage is significant and you want to repair it instead of replacing the roof, then there is a chance you may experience problems with it later on.
In order to fix the damaged slates, the slates around the area will also need to be removed. This means removing the sealant, the nails, and eventually reinforcing them back in. Replacing a slate is very simple, but when several slates or more have been damaged, then it’s recommended that you simply replace the roof. After all, if the roof is significantly damaged and you want to make sure you won’t need to worry about repairing it anytime soon, then you should heed the roofer’s advice and replace it.
In terms of cost, a roof repair may cost anywhere between a few hundred or several thousands of pounds or more if you have to replace the roof.
A hail storm can be very dangerous for your roof and even your home. If your roof has been damaged by hail, then you need to hire an experienced roofer. Call Total Roofing Solutions, the company to call when you need Roofing Repair Preston today and we will either repair the damaged slates or replace the entire roof as soon as possible.