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How to Tell If Your Roof Has Hail Damage

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Intense storms are part of the climate in Northwest Arkansas, and hail is often an unwanted visitor. In fact, storm damage repair in Bentonville is one of the top requests received by Shamrock Roofing and Construction each year. Luckily, our Bentonville roofers have years of experience assessing and rectifying hail damage. 

That said, it can be intimidating and overwhelming when hail damage creates the need for a total roof replacement. Many homeowners want to know what they can do to assess hail damage before calling in the pros. Here’s Shamrock Roofing’s take on what hail damage looks like, how to assess it yourself, and when to file an insurance claim.

How to Spot Hail Damage

Damage from hailstones larger than one inch in diameter is fairly noticeable, appearing as large dents and dings in your rooftop. If you have an asphalt roof, you’ll probably notice that granules have been knocked off some of the shingles. If your roof is composed of cedar shakes, you may notice chunks missing from some shingles or see splits in the wood here and there. 

The shingles aren’t the only victims when it comes to hail damage. Bentonville roofers suggest checking metal flashing and vents as well as assessing your gutter alignment. Any shifting or splatters noticed on these roofing features may signify hail damage that dictates a search for “roof repair near me.” If you don’t feel safe doing the repairs yourself, call Shamrock Roofing for help. We offer a free roof inspection to assess the current state of your roof — even if it’s just been damaged in a storm.

What Can I Do Without Going On the Roof?

There are several ways to assess potential hail damage from the ground. Hail damage can affect visible portions of your home like your garage doors, window screens, shutters, and air conditioning unit. Checking other soft metals like your grill, mailbox, or electric meter can also provide an inkling of what you might find above. If you notice dents and dings, it’s time to call a professional to assess the roof!

Will I Need a Roof Replacement?

There’s really only one way to answer this question. File a claim with your homeowners insurance company. While the claims process can be tedious and time-consuming, it’s often the only way to get approval and financial help for storm damage repair in Bentonville. That said, Shamrock Roofing suggests waiting for your claim to be approved before signing a contract with a roof repair company. We also recommend collecting multiple assessments (from an adjuster and a qualified engineer) to up the odds that your claim gets approved.

Ready to File a Claim? Let Shamrock Roofing Guide You 

If you suspect your roof has suffered hail damage, Shamrock Roofing and Construction would love to earn your business. Rather than strong-arming you into a commitment before your claim has been approved, we offer a free roof inspection and an honest assessment of whether or not we think your claim will pass the test. From there, our team of Bentonville roofers can work on your roof replacement project from start to finish. If you need help filing a claim for hail damage, contact us today!