Hailstorms can cause a lot of damage to your property, and your roof is likely to take the brunt of the blow. Knowing what to do after a hailstorm is critical for ensuring your home remains in good shape to stand up to future weather events. With that in mind, here are a few common questions homeowners tend to ask us about hail-related roofing damage and repairs in Gillette, WY.
My roof looks fine. Do I really need to have it checked after a hailstorm?
The answer to this really depends on the severity of the hailstorm. If it was just a brief bout of very small hail, your roof is probably going to be fine. But in general, the answer is that it’s always better to be safe than sorry, and when the hail is particularly large, it’s crucial to have your roof inspected afterward because the impacts will be much more severe.
Unlike many other forms of roofing damage, the damage caused by hail might not always be obvious, especially if you have dimensional or architectural shingles that have more texture to them than standard shingles. It will be especially hard for you to notice shingle damage from hail when you’re down on the ground looking up at the roof. There’s a possibility that the outer roofing material may have experienced small dents you won’t be able to see without getting close up. If those dents are deep enough to cause bruising to the waterproof layers underneath, even a small puncture could result in rainwater getting into the home through the roof deck and attic. Over time, that can result in some significant water damage that will be quite costly to repair.
Can I just go up on my roof and inspect it myself?
The issue here isn’t so much whether you can as whether you should. Sure, you may be able to save some money by attempting to DIY your inspection, but unless you have experience and knowledge of roof inspection and repairs, you’re probably not going to learn much. More importantly, you may lack the knowledge and equipment to navigate your roof safely, especially if your roof has a steeper pitch. It’s better to leave the inspection up to the professionals and avoid getting on top of your roof yourself.
What’s the next step after a roof inspection?
Once a team of professionals has examined your roof, they’ll be able to determine if any damage occurred, the extent of that damage and the steps you’ll need to take to resolve the issues. They’ll work with you to form a repair and maintenance plan, and will provide you an estimate for the work. The kind of work and repairs that will need to be done will depend on the extent and type of the damage.
If you’re interested in learning more about roofing damage and repairs in Gillette, WY and why it’s important for you to call a professional to your home after you’ve experienced a major hailstorm, we encourage you to contact the team at Drury Brothers Roofing Wyoming. We look forward to assisting you soon!