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Understanding Storm Damage


Shingles are designed to protect against the weather, but the wind, rain and hail that often accompany a storm can cause damage. It's also important to remember that not all storm damage is obvious and that hidden damage can cause problems weeks or even months after a storm. To be sure you don't have hidden damage, have your roof inspected by a contractor you can trust to provide an honest assessment


Once hail hits the roof, the protective granules are knocked off at the point of     strike, and these damaged areas are the sources of roof leaks in the future, if the roof is not fixed within a few years.  


The roof does not leak immediately. It often takes years. It makes sense to check your roof and get in line for a roof replacement covered by your insurance company.


If you think you may have hail damage, it is best to call a local contractor you trust to check your roof. It's best to work with well known and reputable local companies even if you have to wait a while.

Even a roof paid for by your insurance company deserves to be the best; beautiful, installed correctly, free of leaks, and with a warranty from a contractor you know will be there for you in the future to actually honor the warranty.


Storm chasers subscribe to hail tracking services which tell them roughly where hail has hit, and they have computer printouts which show the bands of hail coverage with approximate sizes of hail. This brings in the Out of State companies who come into town, some of them with as many as 50 salesmen who set up base to come and work the storm. Many of these companies operate under their own name, but  many also operate under license or under some form of agreement with local roofing companies, that give them cover. Anytime you see a flood of flyers at your door or mailbox, or salesmen knocking on your door, or yard signs popping up in the neighborhood everywhere, this is basically what is happening before you.

When it comes to selecting a contractor in the aftermath of a storm, "caution" is the key word. Many "storm chasers" flock to areas of damage, and do as much work as possible before they leave for the next storm. Some of these may be legitimate, responsible companies that have chosen this way of doing business, but they leave when the hail claims dry up. Some set up partnerships with local  contractors t o get the work done much more quickly. This is a way of capitalizing on the hail business, as long as the local contractor will take care of any problems that occur after the storm chaser leaves. 


However, there will be plenty of unscrupulous fly-by-night contractors that you need to be aware of. Work with your local contractor. It may be that he is booked up, but you have plenty of time to wait for the best contractors, because hail damage does not cause your roof to leak immediately. It can take years to leak, but it certainly shortens the life of the roof drastically, so you should make a claim, but there is no need to panic or to rush to get the job done with contractors who prey on you.


Check with your insurance company to find out how much time you have to file a claim. Don't be pressured by anyone else telling you something contrary to your insurer.


High winds   can tear and remove shingles, leaving the roof deck, underlayment or old shingles from a previous roof exposed to the elements.


Wind   can also lift and curl shingles by breaking the seal that bonds them together, leaving your roof vulnerable to wind-driven rain.


Hail   can leave dents or pockmarks in shingles, dislodging the protective granules that protect against rain and sun damage.