3 Reasons Homeowners Neglect Hail Damage And Why They Should Not


A storm blows through your area, packing a powerful punch of wind and rain, and the next thing you know, large chunks of ice are being hurled out of the sky toward your home. Hail stones can be severely damaging to your roof—that is no question. Even still, a lot of homeowners go out to survey the damage after a hail storm, see there are issues, and then go on about their life. Why do they do this even though it is a bad idea? Here is a look at some of the reasons why hail damage roof repair is important.

The homeowner assumes the damage is not as bad as it appears.

The biggest reason why hail damage gets neglected is the simple fact that most homeowners assume what they see from the ground really isn't all that bad. The thing is, you really can't see the extent of hail damage without properly going up on the roof to examine it. What may look like tiny dents and dings in a metal roof, for example, could actually be dents and dings with tiny perforations that occurred because of the jagged edges of the hail stones that hit the roof.

The homeowner assumes their insurance will not cover the damage and they can't afford repairs.

Even if you don't know for sure if your homeowner's insurance will cover hail damage, it is best to report the damage by filing a claim just to see. Even if all of the costs are not covered, you may be able to get some money to help cover the costs because the damage was the result of an act of nature. On the same note, you should never avoid filing a homeowner's insurance claim to get hail damage repaired because you are afraid the costs of your homeowner's insurance will rise. Even if they do, this little extra cost is going to be minuscule compared to the costs of extensive damage that can result from not getting the repairs.

The homeowner doesn't want to have a new roof replaced so soon.

If you have just recently roofed your home, and the hail damage repair would involve installing a new roof because it is so severe, you may be tempted to forego the repairs. Unfortunately, no matter how new your roof may be, it is not a good idea to let even minimal hail damage sit idle. The indentations in asphalt shingles, wooden shakes, or metal sheeting may seem only surface deep and slightly annoying, but over time, these areas can be more prone to erosion, water damage, and other problems.

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