What Should I Do If Hail Has Damaged My Roof and Gutters?

Apr 14, 2022

We’re Here to Help Provide Expert Roofing Repair for Storm Damaged Homes

Following a severe storm, your first roofing concern is whether the storm caused any leakage that might damage your home’s interior. Even if your roof does survive a hailstorm without leaking, there may still be significant hail damage. That’s why it’s important to call in a local, experienced roofing expert like Larson Home Services to check your roof and gutters for hail damage.

Hail & Storm Repair Services

  • Free & thorough inspection of roof for storm damage and roof hail damage.
  • Inspection covers roof shingles, gutters, skylights, flashing, vent hoods, vent stacks, chimney caps & chimneys.
  • Free estimates for all recommended roof repairs.
  • Prompt, expert repair and/or replacement of storm-damaged roof elements.

If there are dents and dings on your gutters and downspouts, you’re likely to have problems on the roof. Gutters will also fill up and clog due to granules that shingles can shed when hail hits them. You’ll want to contact insurance as soon as possible. Many insurance companies have a “statute of limitations” of how long a hail claim is viable. If you have experienced a loss such as hail damage, it is prudent to take care of the problem in a timely manner before it leads to other associated problems.

Between dealing with storm-chasers, insurance companies, and big out-of-town corporations trying to take advantage of the situation, it can be a very stressful time! Larson Home Services is a family business and we would be honored to help your family. We can help make this experience as stress-free as possible.

We will thoroughly inspect your entire roof and look for any signs of roof hail damage. Our expert roofers have the experience to be able to suggest the appropriate roofing services, whether it’s roof repair or roofing replacement.

Hail Damages Different Roofing Materials in Different Ways

Experience in roof inspections following hail storms has educated roofing contractors about how hail damage affects different roofing materials. Not surprisingly, hail damages different roofing materials in different ways.

Roof hail damage can also vary greatly from one part of a house roof to another. This variation is due primarily to the wind that drives the hail. A glancing blow will do less damage than hail that impacts the roof at close to 90 degrees.

  • Hail damage to asphalt shingles: Shingles can have broken or cracked tabs, but the most common hail damage takes the form of crushed or dented areas where granules are forced into the shingle mat material or displaced entirely. Since granules protect the shingle from UV degradation, hail dents can result in shortened shingle life.
  • Hail damage to wood shingles: Wood shingles can crack from hail impacts. Cracking will be along the grain, and can cause parts of shingles to break loose.
  • Hail damage to slate roofs: Hail impact can crack slates, although cracks tend to be more random than with wood shingles. Some slates may break loose from their fasteners and slide off the roof.

We Respond Quickly to Repair Hail Damage and Prevent Roof Leaks

The high winds that often accompany hail storms can cause blow-off damage that should be repaired right away. Hail-damaged roof shingles may not cause a problem for months or years, but it’s wise to call Larson Home Services as soon as possible to see if the damage merits roof repair or roofing replacement. We provide free inspections and estimates for hail damage repair from Rochester Minnesota to La Crosse, Madison, Janesville and throughout southern Wisconsin. Give us a call or get an online quote today!

No matter what Mother Nature throws your way, Larson Home Services’ roofing and gutter services can provide peace of mind and help protect your home against the elements.