As such, it is likely to seriously ruin any surface it may hit (cars to homes). Detecting and identifying roof hail damage is essential to prevent further problems like those of leakage and water collection.
To be able to detect damage, carry out a thorough inspection after a storm. However, ensure that you exercise all necessary caution.
- Check in and around the shingles for signs of wreckage. For instance, you may notice dents on the shingles of varying sizes from small to large. Also, check the metal vents.
- Take a close look at the shingles. You will be able to tell if the entire top or one particular part has a consistent pattern of devastation. If you notice a recurring pattern, then it could be because of the storm.
- A powerful storm is likely to cause holes. These holes may have different shapes and sizes. In some cases, a liner may be present into which the ice chunks may have penetrated. As such, you cannot rely only on the holes as an indicator.
- Leaks are also a sign of depreciation. Due to this, the shingles may become less resistant to leaks and water collection. Thus, even after a storm, you need to keep a watch on your ceiling for any signs of leakage.
It may be unsafe to go up on your parapet immediately after a drastic weather change, as it may be slippery. Also, a steep slope above can be dangerous. Do not try to check for signs of destruction, if you are doubtful about being able to climb up to take a look. Take the help of a professional to do so.
- Ensure that you do so within a week of the incident, as some companies do not help if the complaint is reported after the stipulated time frame.
- To begin repairing, remove all the water clogging in different parts of the ceiling.
- Repair the ruined shingles by inserting flashings (use appropriate materials).
- Finally, seal the cracks with a good-quality cement.
Do not ignore the necessary inspection after a storm, as subsequent damage can lead to further problems. These problems may not be noticed until much later, when the deterioration has spread to the interiors of your house in the form of a leaky ceiling and other such problems.