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Hail's Hidden Threat to Your Roof

Mother Nature's fury can come in many forms, and hailstorms are a force to be reckoned with. While they may seem like a fleeting inconvenience, the hailstones pelting your roof can cause significant damage, even if it's not immediately visible.

Beyond the initial cosmetic damage of cracked, bruised, or missing shingles, hail can have far-reaching consequences for your roof's health. These imperfections expose the underlayment, the layer directly beneath the shingles, to the elements, increasing the risk of leaks. Additionally, hail can dislodge the protective granules on asphalt shingles, making them more vulnerable to deterioration and shortening their lifespan.

The impact of hail can also cause shingles to crack or split, creating openings for water to seep through. This can lead to leaks, interior water damage, and even mold growth. Combined with strong winds, hail can also damage the self-sealing strips on shingles, making them more susceptible to blowing off in future storms and exposing the underlayment.

Ignoring hail damage is a recipe for further problems down the road. Addressing minor damage early on is significantly less expensive than dealing with extensive repairs or a complete roof replacement later. Leaks caused by hail damage can lead to water damage in your attic, walls, and ceilings, resulting in costly repairs and potential structural issues. Hail damage can also significantly shorten your roof's lifespan, requiring a premature replacement.

If your area has experienced hail, it's important to take action. Conduct a visual inspection of your roof safely from the ground. Watch for signs of damage, such as missing or cracked shingles, granule loss, and dents in gutters. Next, contact a qualified roofer for a thorough inspection. They can assess the damage and recommend the necessary repairs or replacements. If your roof has sustained significant damage, you may be able to file a claim with your homeowner's insurance to help cover the repair costs.

Watertight Roofing Services technicians have performed many hail-related inspections and are ready to help. If you have roof-related hail damage, call us today at 813-971-5404.



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