Metal and Tile roofs and the damage hail can cause
Depending on what roof you have, the visibility can vary quite a bit. If you have a metal roof - such as a Colorbond steel roof - then the impact of hail damage will typically show itself clearly. Signs such as dents and the loss of the top layer of paint are clear signs of damage. Dents can compromise the life of your metal roof. If notable dents have been caused, this allows for the possibly of water and dirt to pool in these dents and cause corrosion. Similarly, if you have a low-pitch metal roof where the sheets of metal overlap and hail damage has caused these laps to deform, water could become caught in these laps and also cause corrosion.
Tiled roofs (concrete and terracotta), on the other hand, may not show damage with such clarity. Hail damage can cause your roof tiles to crack and break and often small fragments (often the corners) of roof tiles will break with the hails impact. It is important after a storm to have your roof inspected for damage as the consequence of such damage may not even begin to show itself until years later through leaks or loosening tiles.
The best way to find out if your roof is hail damaged is to have a licensed roofer inspect it and provide a report on its state and any damage caused - you can then present this report to your insurance company for them to have an assessor attend and you can then make a claim.
We are trained to identify storm damage on roofs and and assess whether or not they’re the result of hail damage or something else. While it may be a small bit of damage at that point, it could become a much larger problem down the track.
We have worked on hail storm insurance claims in the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Byron Bay and Coffs Harbour. After seeing thousands of roofs and the different damage storms can cause, we are the trained professionals to give you expert advice. Contact us today to discuss your roofing needs 07 5598 6037 or you can email us here.
Below are some images of hail damage to both metal and cement tile roofs.