How to Tell If Your Roof Has Hail Damage
When a thunderstorm rolls through, you may cringe at the thought of the potential damage it could do to your home. You’re not alone — hail damage is an expensive result of severe weather and a major concern of homeowners. Even worse, unnoticed hail damage can have negative effects on other parts of your home. Use these expert tips for spotting potential hail damage after the next thunderstorm.
How to Spot Hail Damage on Your Roof
It’s hard to see if hail’s done damage to your roof from your lawn, driveway or the street, but unless you’re a professional, you should stay off of your roof — especially after a storm. We’ve gathered some tips that can help you figure out from the safety of the ground if your roof took on hail damage.
Check surrounding objects for damage. If other things around your home look like they took on hail damage, your roof almost certainly got hit by hail, too. Check your gutters, downspouts, siding, screen windows, garage door, plants and vehicles for hail dents.
Look for any missing shingles. An easy way to spot roof trouble is to look for any shingles that have been blown off your roof and into your lawn. Even if you notice that a neighbor has shingles strewn about your lawn, it’s worth getting in touch with an expert to see if your roof took on any damage.
Keep an eye out for leaks. If you’ve looked around your home for hail damage and haven’t seen any missing shingles in your yard, don’t assume you’re in the clear quite yet. Unseen hail damage can lead to leaks in your roof, so look for any water spots and moisture around the edges of your ceiling.
Does Insurance Cover Roof Damage from Wind and Hail?
It’s important to understand the ins-and-outs of your homeowner’s policy, especially when it comes to storm damage. As an American Family customer, your homeowners insurance will cover your roof for wind and hail damage. How much it will cover, however, depends on the type of policy you have.
Your roof coverage can be either actual cash value (ACV) or replacement cost value (RCV). Actual cash value coverage covers what your roof is worth today, whereas replacement cash value will cover the cost of replacing your roof. No matter which coverage you have, your deductible will be the amount you chose when you purchased your home insurance policy.
What to Do If You Find Hail Damage to Your Roof
Noticing that your roof has actually taken hail damage can be stressful and disappointing. But following these steps can help you get your roof back in prime condition as fast as possible.
File a claim. Connect with your insurance company right away to report the hail damage. They’ll send an adjuster to your property to review the damage and estimate a repair or replacement cost. At American Family, you can conveniently file a claim online or connect with our claims department at 1-800-MYAMFAM (1-800-692-6326).
Avoid door-to-door contractors. After big storms cause any sort of damage in a neighborhood, some contractors may apply high-pressure sales techniques by going door to door and soliciting business. Don’t fall into the trap. After wrapping up business with your adjuster, look for a highly-respected contractor with plenty of good customer reviews to fix up your roof.
Your American Family agent is an expert on your homeowners coverage. And when the unexpected happens, you can count on them to have your back and answer any questions you might have. Brush up on your homeowners insurance options today and get the peace of mind you deserve.