Check Your Roof for Hail Damage in 3 Steps

When your home goes through a hailstorm, your roof can take a real beating. We all know the damage hailstones can do, so it’s wise to check your roof for hail damage if you’ve had a storm where you live. As weather.com mentions in reference to a report from the National Weather Service, there were 5,396 incidents of severe weather involving hailstorms in the United States in 2019. That’s a lot of potential for damage to a home in general and roof shingles specifically.

Your roof is arguably the most important structural part of your home. As is the case with all exterior materials (siding, gutters, windows, etc.), a little damage one day can lead to a lot more down the road if untreated. It can save homeowners a lot of money to catch these things early. So if you’re concerned about a bad storm and think you may need a roof repair, here’s how you. can tell for sure if you have hail damage.

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Is your roof safe from hail damage?

Roof damaged by hail? These 3 steps will help you check.

 

Step #1: Check the Size of the Hail that Hit Your Roof

When we want to know about hail, we look to Kansas. According to the same National Weather Service report we looked at above, Kansas and Texas lead the states in the hail category by a pretty big margin, with Texas pulling a whopping 872 incidents of severe hail, and Kansas coming in at 538. When you consider that Texas is more than three times the size of Kansas, that puts it into perspective. So going to the geographical experts, we can see in a hailstone size breakdown from Kansas City’s Volta Roofing that if the hail you find after a storm is the size of a dime or larger, your roof has almost certainly sustained damage.

measuring hail to check for roof damage

Quick Tip for Midwesterners with Hail Damage: The wide variety of weather-resistant options we offer at GPro Exteriors comes EXCLUSIVELY from the industry’s leading roof shingles manufacturer. To give our customers the best possible result, we take the time to get each of our roofers trained in the installation technique by that manufacturer. We also have licensed insurance adjusters that will go to bat with your insurance company to make sure you’re getting the cost coverage you deserve. So if you end up needing a roof repair or you’re worried about your new roof cost, it may not be half as bad as you think. In many cases, installing new roof shingles ends up costing our customers next to nothing. Hard to beat that! Throw in our lifetime labor and home guarantee on shingle installations, and GPro customers get to rest pretty easy. Even if another hailstorm hits someday. ☃️

Step #2: Check the Roof Shingles in the Areas You Can See

Take a look at this article from the insurance company, Travelers, for some of the ways hail damage shows up on different types of shingles. It’s a helpful resource for assessing what you’re dealing with, pointing out that,  “…hail damage to asphalt and composition shingles can look very different than hail damage to wood shingles.” Knowing what you’re looking for will make your job easier. Then you can determine whether a call to your local exterior professionals for a roof repair estimate will be necessary.

If you feel comfortable and can do it safely, a ladder might give you a good enough vantage point to check your roof for hail damage If you don’t enjoy the idea of climbing, you can always try binoculars or if your home is low enough to the ground and you have some powerful peepers, you can try eyeballing it. 👀

While these can be helpful ways to confirm damage, they are not a test to definitively rule it out. You’re likely going to have parts of the roof that you can’t really see without getting someone up there who can test the health of the shingles. That’s where the search to find a contractor usually comes in. Due to the fact, that any reputable contractor will give you a free estimate, it’s really not too big of a deal to get someone out to take a look.

Step #3 Get a Free Drone Inspection for Hail Damage

The only real drawback to a free roofing estimate can be the time it takes out of your day. There’s finding the roofing contractor, making the call, deciding on a time slot, being there when the roofers show up… you know the drill. To be fair, roofing contractors in Columbus, Ohio are MUCH better at showing up on time than cable companies are 😉, but we understand that being stuck at home for any amount of time can be difficult for some customers’ schedules.

In an effort to make things easier (and safer during the current health crisis) for everyone, GPro Exteriors began offering free drone estimates. It’s SO much easier, quicker, and safer than the old way. Customers just text us an address and we send the little guy over. Our pros get HD footage of every square inch of your roof, ensuring that we get you the most accurate estimate possible. We’ll send you a quote on any recommended roofing repairs, or we’ll let you know, “Congrats, no damage here!” within hours.

Were the hailstones that hit your roof bigger than a dime? Can you not quite see all of your roof to tell? Maybe you just aren’t sure what kind of shingles are up there to know what exactly what you’re looking for. The first two steps are great preliminary ways to check your roof for hail damage, but if any exterior companies offer free drone estimates, that’s the most surefire way to know your roof is 100% okay. It’s the easiest thing you’ll do this week, and if you do happen to live in the Columbus or Detroit areas, send us a message. We’ll be happy to send ours your way whenever you’d like.

 

 

3 Promises Every Roof Repair Customer Deserves

Finding a local contractor to repair your roof or exterior can seem daunting. It takes time to check reviews, policies, and pricing. That’s why we make a point of keeping things simple for our customers. As a regional roofing company operating in the Columbus and Detroit areas, we try to make key information accessible to folks searching for roofing contractors. We recognize that a lot of the stress of finding a contractor comes from not always knowing what you’re going to get, so we thought we’d let you in on the three core promises you get every time you hire GPro Exteriors — three promises we believe every customer deserves.

Safety During Your Roof Repair

This should be a given with any roofing company, but we do make a special point of having policies for your peace of mind. Our roofers understand that a roof isn’t just another job site — it’s someone’s home. Being a good houseguest means recognizing that you have invited us to your home and acting accordingly. It means not leaving dangerous machinery on your lawn. GPro will always go the extra mile to guarantee a safe environment for all throughout the duration of every roof repair.

And we do mean ALL! GPro Exteriors is Columbus and Detroit’s only pet-friendly roofing company with specific pet policies that take every member of your family into account. Ask us about our pet boarding services, in case you’d like to send your furry friend to the spa while we’re working.

Cleanliness During Your Roof Repair

While roofing, siding, window, and gutter repairs can be messy projects, we keep our job sites tidy. We promise not to take your home hostage for the duration of our contract, and we won’t leave trash lying around. The last thing a customer should have to worry about is contractors trashing their yard. Once you meet our team of roofing pros, it won’t even cross your mind.

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GPro roofers on the job.

Quality For Decades to Come

If you’re wondering how to fix a leaking roof, different contractors will tell you different things. We can only vouch for our own work — which we do. Included in every roof repair and new roof cost is a promise we challenge our competitors to make:

Your new shingles? We guarantee ’em for life.

We can afford to slap that guarantee on our work for one simple reason: We have access to the only shingles on the market that are stain-resistant up to 130 m.p.h. winds. These are the strongest roof shingles manufactured anywhere, and we promise you they’ll protect your home from anything short of a severe tornado.

Got a problem with your roof? Get your free estimate today, and get covered by the pros. GPro Exteriors promises our customers the best roof repair results in all of Columbus and Detroit. We also promise the best experience. Our team takes the time to ensure every house remains a home throughout our visits. It’s why so many people trust us, and we’re damn proud of it. Your property will remain absolutely safe, your yard will look pristine, and your home? It’ll look nothing short of amazing when we leave. That’s our promise to you.

How to Keep Your Pets Safe and Happy During a Roof Repair

It’s unfortunate how rarely roofing companies consider family pets. So how does a responsible dog or cat owner keep their pets safe during a big roof repair job? While 67% of homes in the U.S. include a pet, good luck finding reviews for the local pet-friendly roofer on Yelp. This leaves a lot of families having to ask the question for themselves. When I find a roofing contractor I like, what can I do to make sure my pets are taken care of?  

 1. Don’t be shy about asking if your contractor is a pet-friendly roofer

Not all roofing companies are going to have a dedicated policy around pets on the job site. Still, if you bring it up, they may be willing to pay extra attention. If your dog or cat is extra sensitive to noise, it may be worth asking what kind of equipment the crew will be using and how loud they anticipate the work being. 

Puppies deserve a pet-friendly roofer
Puppies deserve a pet-friendly roofer.

If you’re not sure whether or not you have a truly pet-friendly roofer on the job, you’ll probably want to limit outside time. Closer supervision over your pets, while they are outside, is advisable. Consider taking your little friend for a walk while the roofing contractors are working instead.       

2. See if friends or family can watch your pets

The old tried and true method for pet care. If your four-legged companion doesn’t do so well with added activity and commotion around the house, why not see if someone’s willing to take care of the little guy or gal for a while? This may be a perfect solution in the event of a quick roof repair.

If you Fido’s not going to handle a bunch of roofers on the property and the friend fix isn’t going to cut it either, we really recommend the third option.

3. Consider pet boarding for 100% safety 

Of course, a surefire way to be certain your pets are safe and happy is to send them to a professional boarding service. It’s the answer we ultimately advise at GPro Exteriors. So what? I’m getting a new roof AND I have to pay for pet boarding now too?  Well, not necessarily. GPro Exteriors is on a mission to be the go-to pet-friendly roofer in the Midwest. We recently began offering our Columbus and Detroit area customers overnight pet hotel stays for up to two family pets. It’s a free service we offer to provide some extra peace of mind to what we understand can be a jarring process.

Some pets can’t stand to part with their people and vice-versa. We understand that too. Our team of roofers uses special equipment to maintain pet-friendly, pet-conscious, and pet-safe yards while we’re working on your premises and after we finish the job. If you’re in the Columbus or Detroit metropolitan or outlying areas, give us a call.

When you need a new roof, you need a new roof. We don’t advise putting this off too long. When a roof is in bad shape it can be a safety issue. It’s time to get it fixed. If you’re worried about your new roof cost coupled with the stress and potential added expense of taking care of your pets through it, you do have options. If you’re living in the Greater Columbus or Detroit areas, call us up for a free virtual quote (we’ll send out our company drone!) and of course, ask about our free pet boarding services. We’re pretty proud to be able to offer the service. Otherwise, while it may take a little extra work, there are ways to ensure your pets remain just as safe and happy as ever while you’re securing a strong roof over their heads for years to come.