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Hailstorms can strike with little warning, and they can wreak havoc on your roof 🌩️. Hail damage to roofs can vary widely depending on the hail size, wind speed, and roofing material. Quickly identifying hail damage can save homeowners significant repair costs and extend the life of their roof. In this guide, we’ll explore the key indicators of hail damage, and offer practical tips for navigating the repair process 🛠️.

Factors Influencing Hail Damage on Roofs:

Hail damage isn't consistent; it varies based on a few key elements including:

Wind: The speed, intensity, and direction of the wind can change with every storm, influencing where and how severely the hail hits 🌬️.

Hailstone Size: The size of hailstones can range from small to large, with larger stones typically causing more damage 🧊.

Hailstone Density and Shape: Some hailstones are more solid and heavier, and others might have jagged edges. Both characteristics can increase the damage inflicted 🔨.

Roofing Material: Different materials react differently to hail. For instance, asphalt shingles might dent or crack under the impact 🏗️.

Physical Barriers: Natural barriers like trees can shield your roof from some of the impacts of hail, potentially reducing the damage 🌳.

Identifying Hail Damage on a Roof:

Even hailstones the size of coins from a moderate thunderstorm can leave their mark on your roof 💸. It's a good idea to visually inspect your roof from the ground after any thunderstorm. If you spot any potential damage, it's wise to call in the professionals at DeVonce Construction for a comprehensive roof inspection. Here are some visual indicators to look out for:

Cracks and Fractures: Hail can cause shingles to split and dent, compromising the integrity of your roof.

Patterns of Damage: Hail damage is generally random but look for a distinct pattern of repeated impact areas, especially on softer materials. Damage may be concentrated on one side of your property depending on the direction of the storm ⚡.

Shingle Granule Loss: Hail impacts can dislodge the granules from the surface of shingles. These granules are essential to the integrity of your roofing system. If you see these granules in your gutters or around your property, you probably have damages that need to be addressed right away 🛑.

Indoor Water Damage: Signs of water damage indoors, such as stains, discoloration, puddles, mold, or damp insulation, can indicate that hail has compromised your roof's ability to keep water out 💧.

Chimney Cover Damage: Metallic chimney covers are prone to denting. If dents aren't immediately visible, try rubbing chalk over the area to make them stand out.

Siding Damage: Check your siding for any dents, cracks, chips in the paint, holes, or splatter marks. Damage to siding often suggests similar harm to the roof.

Missing Shingles: Hailstorm winds can tear shingles from your roof, which you might find scattered in your yard or even your neighbor's 🏡.

Vent or Gutter Guard Damage: Gutter guards can get dented and scratched from hail impacts. Similarly, other roof vents and guards may show dents or chipped paint.

Satellite Dish Damage: Look for dents, chipped paint, and loose or broken components on satellite dishes. If your satellite dish has apparent damages, your roof is likely to be damaged as well.

Steps to Take After Identifying Hail Damage

Once you’ve identified potential hail damages, follow these steps to ensure that they are repaired as quickly as possible. Leaving damages can leave your roof vulnerable, and risk further damages to your home’s interior:

Document the Damage: Take clear photos from various angles and distances 📸.

Contact Your Insurance Company: Contact your insurer to report the damage and start the claims process. Be prepared with your documentation 📞.

Contact DeVonce Construction: DeVonce Construction is licensed, insured, and reputable local roofing company. Give us a call at (248) 766-4245. We can provide you with a detailed inspection and make recommendations as to the best course of action 🏘️.

Recognizing and addressing hail damage quickly can significantly mitigate the repairs needed and ensure your roof continues to protect your home effectively. By knowing what to look for and how to respond, homeowners can navigate hailstorms with confidence, keeping their homes safe and secure 🛡️.

In the summer of 2023, residents across Oakland, Macomb, and Washtenaw Counties in Michigan experienced a series of intense hail storms that left a mark on homes, vehicles, and landscapes. Notably, on June 15, July 14, July 20, and most recently, February 27th, 2024, these communities were impacted by hailstones varying in size. These events highlight the unpredictable force of nature and the importance of preparedness and response. Accompanying this post, readers will find multiple hail maps that detail the locations affected by these storms, providing a visual comprehension of the storm's reach and impact.

🌨️ 🏡 The Impact of Hail 🏡 🌨️

Hail can cause significant damage to the exterior of homes, particularly to roofs which bear the brunt of these damages. The velocity and size of hailstones can result in dented shingles, and even punctures that compromise the integrity of the roofing system. In the wake of such events, the importance of a thorough and professional inspection cannot be overstated. This is where local and reputable roofing contractors come into play, offering expertise and relief in times of need.

👷‍♂️👍 Why DeVonce Construction? 👷‍♂️👍

For residents of the impacted areas, selecting the right contractor for post-storm inspections and repairs is crucial. DeVonce Construction stands out as a beacon of reliability and quality in the roofing industry. With a deep understanding of the challenges posed by Michigan's weather patterns and a commitment to excellence, DeVonce Construction offers peace of mind to homeowners navigating the aftermath of these hail storms.

🧐🔍 The Importance of a Professional Roof Inspection 🧐🔍

A professional roof inspection by a reputable contractor like DeVonce Construction is the first step in assessing the extent of hail damage. Such an inspection can uncover issues that are not visible to the untrained eye, ensuring that minor problems are addressed before they escalate into major concerns. Furthermore, an experienced contractor can assist homeowners in navigating insurance claims, providing detailed reports and evidence of storm damage that streamline the claims process.


Proactive Steps for Homeowners:

🗺️🔍 Review the Hail Maps:  Familiarize yourself with the hail maps provided in this blog. If your home falls within the impacted areas, it's advisable to take action even if you haven't noticed visible damage. 🗺️🔍

📆📞 Schedule an Inspection: Contact DeVonce Construction at (248) 766-4245 to schedule a comprehensive roof inspection. Early detection is key to maintaining the structural integrity of your home. 📞📆

📋💼 Insurance Documentation: Keep a record of all communications and reports related to roof inspections and repairs. This documentation is invaluable when filing insurance claims. 📋💼

🏡 👍 Looking Ahead: 👍 🏡

While the hail storms of June and July of 2023 and February of 2024 have passed, they serve as a reminder of the importance of vigilance and preparation. By contracting DeVonce Construction, homeowners in Oakland, Macomb, and Washtenaw Counties can rest assured that their homes are in capable hands. Remember, the safety and integrity of your home depend not just on its construction but on the care and attention it receives throughout its life.

Hey Oakland, Macomb, & Washtenaw Counties: here's a friendly heads-up! Remember you of something crucial: the one-year deadline for roof replacements under most insurance policies is fast approaching. The date to mark is July 20, 2024 - don't let it slip by!

Why This One-Year Deadline Matters:

This rule is in place to encourage homeowners to get repairs done swiftly, reducing the chance of further damage. For those impacted by last year's hail storm, you've got until July 20, 2024, to complete your roof replacement and settle your insurance claim. It’s all about linking your claim directly to the storm to avoid any complications.

The Importance of Quick Action:

Delaying roof repairs can turn a small problem into a big headache. Minor damage can worsen, leading to costlier repairs down the road. And if you miss this insurance deadline, you might have to pay for the entire roof replacement yourself.

Here’s What You Need to Do ASAP:

  • Contact DeVonce Construction: If you haven’t already, reach out to us at (248) 766-4245 for a complimentary inspection. Hail damage isn't always obvious, but it can seriously compromise your roof.

  • File Your Insurance Claim Promptly: If we spot hail damage, file your claim immediately. Waiting too long can make the process more complicated and might impact your coverage.

  • Look Forward to Your New Roof: After the job is done, you can sit back and enjoy the benefits. A new roof doesn’t just protect your home from the elements; it also boosts its value and curb appeal.

Remember, the clock is ticking towards July 20, 2024. Give DeVonce Construction a call at (248) 766-4245 to book your free inspection and secure your peace of mind.

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