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Inspecting Your Roof After Hail Damage

It is important to diagnose any roof damage as soon as possible to address and fix any damage before it becomes a more costly leak. Inspect your roof promptly after a storm, any storm or wind alone can damage a roof, so the sooner you inspect the roof after a storm the better you can avoid leak damage inside the home, and if an insurance claim for roof damage is warranted, the better will be the data you can provide in support of your claim.  If you aren’t sure what to look for call Crew and our roofing professionals will check it out for you or request a FREE ESTIMATE online.

What are the most common types of damage?

  • Granule loss at points of impact, which may be accompanied by surface depression. Loss of mineral granules as an immediate or gradual consequence of storm damage can lead to the asphalt coating being directly exposed to the elements. This may lead to accelerated aging of the shingle. Therefore, granule loss is NOT just cosmetic damage, and “sugaring” — the process of adding loose granules to damaged shingles with asphalt cement — is not a permanent solution.
  • Cracks in the granule-asphalt surfacing, which may radiate outward from points of impact. Cracks may be present especially if high winds blew the shingles back.
  • Exposed fiberglass mat, where hail shattered the granule-asphalt surfacing causing it to break away from the fiberglass mat.
  • Fractured fiberglass mat, which may or may not be immediately visible. A fractured mat may result in tears radiating out from the points of impact. Furthermore, hidden damage to the mat may later develop into cracks and tears in time as the shingles age.
  • Loosening of the self-seal strip. This damage may or may not be immediately visible and may weaken the seal integrity, creating the possibility of future shingle blow-off.

After confirming that damage has occurred and repair is needed, Crew provides a free written estimate to our customers and will work directly with insurance companies as needed. Crew will also inspect all exterior areas of your home or business to ensure that no additional damage has occurred, i.e. siding, gutters, windows, etc.

Crew is locally owned and uses the highest skilled roofing professionals to remove all roofing surfaces. All flashing and surfaces are assessed for damage and if additional work is needed, we bring the additional bid items to the attention of the homeowner. Once the roof is prepped and all repairs have been made, reinstallation is completed by licensed contractors. Using only the best in asphalt shingles and installed to meet the up-to-date industry codes.