Alpine Gutters & Downspouts agrees that it’s a good idea to know how to handle hail damage to your roof and gutters if you want to protect your home as a future investment and prolong the life of your gutter systems. Harsh winters and heavy rains can cause a lot of stress and wear on our roofs and gutters, but hail damage is a whole other story that needs to be addressed and dealt with as soon as possible. Read on to learn how to remedy the situation and get your roof and gutters back in action.
If you have just experienced a major hail storm, the first course of action is to do an inspection, from the roof to the vents, the drip edge, the fascia, and of course, gutters and downspouts. Remember, if you have a high sloped roof, you may want to call in the gutter repair professionals to avoid injury or falls. It is not worth the consequence of hurting yourself.
Depending on the type of roof, here is what you may see after a hail storm, and it will indicate damage:
- Shingle Roofs: Indents or missing granules. Check your gutters and the area around the base of downspouts for excessive granule build up.
- Cedar Shake Roofs: Look for scrapes or indents, splinters or cracks, and chips on the cedar shakes.
- Gutters and Downspouts: Again, look for dings and dents in your gutters as well as granules forming at the base on the ground below them.
- Slate/Tile Roofs: Usually will withstand hail much better than shingle and shake roofs but look for cracks and chips in the slate or tile roofs.
- Metal Roofs: Look for dings and dents.
So, you have found some damage, now what? Well, if your roof is older and has taken a considerable amount of damage from the storm, you may want to have someone come in and assess it for a possible new roof. It is unfortunate, but the damage that can ensue afterward will be much costlier if you do not fix the root of the problem. In some cases, you can call your insurance company about coverage or repairs. Whatever the case may be, do not neglect the situation and deal with it promptly.
One situation to be aware of after such a storm, are individuals or “companies” that target homeowners who have just gone through this. These so-called repair or replacement experts tend to prey on people’s misfortunes and will try to sell you anything that is not covered under warranty or are just plain deceptive. Always go with reputable gutter specialists that have served the Denver area for decades. Your insurance company can also suggest businesses that are approved and credited.
When you know what signs to look for and how to handle hail damage to your roof and gutters after the storm has passed, you are one step ahead of the game! At Alpine Gutters & Downspouts, we are extremely knowledgeable and confident in this area and have dealt with many hail damage situations. Call on the professionals today, and get honest and helpful advice from professionals who know.