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Not Harmless at All: Hail Roof Damage’s Long-Term Impact

So long as your roof isn’t leaking, there shouldn’t be any problem, right? Well, there’s no problem—for now. But there are warning signs you should keep an eye out for and shouldn’t ignore, like hail damage, for example. 

Some homeowners may be inclined to think that a dented roof is only a cosmetic issue, but left unattended, the damage may worsen or spread. Georgia Roof Advisors, one of the top roofers in the state, elaborates further below. 

Scratching More Than Just the Surface

Most homeowners dismiss dents or hail damage as mere cosmetic damage since these don’t cause leaks immediately. But it’s only a matter of time until leaks start to appear. 

When hail hits your asphalt roofing system, there’s a chance it may have dislodged some of its granules, setting off chain reaaction for your roof. These granules serve as your roof’s protection against UV rays. Without them, the UV rays can weaken your shingles to the point where leaks start to appear. This gives an opening for moisture to penetrate your roof’s underlying layers, leading to a host of problems that include mold, rot and other moisture-related damage. 

Invalid Insurance Coverage 

Other homeowners ignore the dents, thinking that their insurance will cover them. While it is true that the initial hail damage may be covered, the damage that spreads from dents isn’t. The majority of insurance companies hold the view that it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to mitigate the damage as much as possible. If they’re unable to do that, they may have to shoulder all of the repair costs. Or worse, their policy may be rendered void. 

Precautionary Inspections 

After any extreme weather event, it’s best that you have your roof inspected. That way, relatively minor damage can be fixed before it worsens or spreads to other parts of your roof. Plus, you’ll get to keep your insurance coverage intact. 

It’s easy to miss signs of roof damage, however. That’s why you should only hire an experienced and reputable contractor. 

Georgia Roof Advisors, a contractor with more than a decade’s worth of experience, offers a wide range of roofing services, including storm damage repairs. To get a free estimate, call us at [company_phone] or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Marietta, GA. 

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