It’s easy to dismiss the dents on your roof as mere cosmetic damage. However, if signs of hail damage aren’t fixed soon, there could be serious problems down the line.
Read on as Dynamic Roofing Concepts, Inc., a top roofer in the state, elaborates further on the long-term implications of hail damage below.
A Chain Weakening Effect
Take for example the case of asphalt shingles, a widely used roofing material. When hailstones hit your roof, some of their granules may be dislodged. These granules protect your roof against UV rays. Without them, it’s only a matter of time before cracks start to appear. And this is the point where leaks start to appear.
This chain effect applies to any roofing material. The blunt impact from hailstones can tear roofing membranes and chip off reflective coating, increasing the risk of leaks.
Voided Insurance Coverage
Another reason why a lot of homeowners ignore hail damage is the mistaken assumption that their insurance policy will cover the damage. While it is true that your policy may cover the dents from the hail storm, it won’t cover any damage that spreads from it.
The majority of insurance companies believe that it’s the homeowners’ responsibility to take reasonable steps to mitigate the initial hail damage. Failure to do so may reduce your insurance coverage or even void your entire policy. And with leaks and moisture problems practically a certainty for roofs with dents, you may end up having to shoulder much of the repair costs.
Given all of these potential issues, it’s important that a roofing contractor inspect your roof after any extreme weather event. Just make sure to hire an experienced and reputable contractor.
Dynamic Roofing Concepts, Inc., a BBB-accredited contractor with over four decades’ worth of experience, offers residential and commercial roofing services. To get a free quote, call us at (813) 257-9355 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Tampa, FL, as well as other areas in Florida.