After the recent hail storm, we’ve received many calls regarding the potential for hail damage to roofs in the San Antonio area. People are concerned about the possibility of roof damage and leaking. They also have concerns about choosing a roofing contractor to inspect their roof for damage, and when to submit claims to their insurance company for damage. |
Here are a few things you should keep in mind, now and the next time a hail storm hits the San Antonio area.
How do I know if my roof has sustained hail damage? The likelihood of damage depends on the size of the hail, and the pitch, age and material of your roof. The older the roof, and the lower the pitch, the more likely it is to sustain damage in a hail storm. Asphalt shingle roofs are more susceptible to damage than metal. The only way to know for sure if your roof has been damaged is to have a professional roofing contractor inspect your roof.
Often, hail damage to your roof is not obvious. If the hail was smaller than 1” in diameter, any damage is likely to be the destruction of the protective granules on your asphalt tile. While this damage may cause your roof to leak in the future, it doesn’t pose an immediate risk of causing leaks.
How do I choose a contractor to handle hail damage to my roof?
If your roof has sustained damage in the recent hail storm, it’s important to choose a reputable local contractor to repair it. After a hail storm, out-of-state roofing companies called “storm chasers” send out their sales force to convince as many homeowners as possible to hire their company. Hiring one of these “storm chasers” is a bad idea.
Many of these companies have a bad reputation for actually causing damage when they go up to “inspect” your roof. While your insurance company should be willing to cover legitimate storm damage to your roof, some claims raise a red flag with their adjusters.
A new roof is a long-term investment. Even if the insurance company does pay for your new roof, you want it to be built to last. As soon as the hail damage work dries up, a storm chaser contractor will have moved on to the next town. When you choose a reputable local contractor, you know they will be here to stand behind their work.
San Antonio Roofing
207 Springwood Ln
San Antonio, TX 78216
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