Tips for Assessing Wind and Hail Damage on Homes in Greensboro

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Hey there, Greensboro homeowners! We’ve got some valuable information to share with you about assessing wind and hail damage on your property. As HAAG Certified experts, we know exactly what to look for, and we’re ready to assist you in walking through your home with the insurance adjuster to discuss any damage. Here’s a rundown of the key areas we examine:

  1. Window Screens: Hail impact marks or penetrations on window screens indicate damage from hail coming down at an angle.

  2. Soft Metals/Flashing: We’ll check for hail-induced indents on soft metals and flashing, which can help determine if there was a hail event. It’s essential to observe these marks widespread across the entire field to confirm hail impact and distinguish it from pre-existing marks from installation.

  3. Wind Damage on Shingles: Wind damage can be identified by lifted or bent edges of shingle tabs due to repeated wind lift. Additionally, substantial granule loss near the shadow line of a tab indicates damage from wind blowing underneath.

  4. Hail Impact on Shingles: Decent-sized hail can cause cracks or penetrations through the fiberglass mat of a shingle tab, indicating direct hits.

  5. Gutters: Hail may leave outward dents on gutters on the side of the house where it was caught inside the gutter while falling off the roof. On the side where hail was impacting, there would be inward dents from strikes on the gutters.

  6. Widespread Damage: Hail damage is not localized and should be observed in several places across the entire roof field. Insurance companies may be skeptical of “damage” limited to areas like valleys.

Remember, the following issues are not hail damage: hairline cracking, granule loss, isolated missing tabs, nail pops, and shingle curling.

We hope these insights will help you choose the right roofing contractor for your storm damage needs! If you have any questions or concerns, we offer a free hail inspection, so don’t hesitate to reach out. To learn more about our specialized hail team, click here. And for additional resources on dealing with storm damage, check out our Storm Center.

Stay safe and protected, Greensboro homeowners!