The best answer is no. If you recognize any of these tell tale signs of damage, it’s critical to repair your roof before it gets worse. If you see a lot of little granules where your rain gutters drain, chances are hail has loosed the bond with the asphalt layer of your shingles. The granules then come apart and can be seen in your gutters. This is problematic because without the granules, the asphalt layer is exposed to the weather. El Paso’s intense and constant sunlight then weakens the exposed spots and causes them to become brittle. In the colder weather, these spots tend to curl up or crack. These areas are then very susceptible to leaks, and the curled spots are especially prone to wind damage.
As hair damage builds up, its actually easy for experts to tell how long the damage has been present. Usually insurance companies have a specific amount of time in which the homeowner must make a claim, even if the homeowner was unaware of the damage. Once the damage has progressed and caused a leak, no matter how small, numerous issues can take place including mold, electrical problems, water damage, and loss of personal property.
Even before looking for damage, take note of the date and time that the storm occurred. If and when you do need to file a claim, your insurance company will need to verify the details. Then, grab your camera or smartphone and inspect the area surrounding your home. Take photos of any hailstones in the yard or on the patio as well as the hail next to a tape measurer. Be sure that the size of the hail is clearly shown. Then, inspect the roof. Look for missing or torn shingles, and anything else that looks like hail damage. Check the attic for any signs of a leak. If you have an outdoor air conditioning unit, check the cooling fins to be sure they aren’t bent, blocking air flow.
Next, have a reputable roofing contractor inspect your roof for potential hail damage as soon as possible. If the claim is approved, this contractor can give you a quote. It’s extremely important to choose a contractor that is certified and does quality work.
El Paso is home to some very strong winds throughout the year. Even shingles with the strongest wind ratings can be subject to damage - sometimes damage that can’t be seen from the ground! Missing pieces or shingles are a sure sign of wind damage, and cracked or curled shingles are also an indication that an expert needs to repair your roof in order to avoid further damage! Wind damage can cause leaks and serious costly damage if not addressed in the early stages, so contact us today if your roof needs repair.
Here at Noah’s Roofing and Construction, we maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and we have countless previous clients that will vouch for our excellent work. We provide various roofing services including hail damage repair for all kinds of roofs. Call us today for a free roof inspection!