A hailstorm can cause significant damage to your roof, requiring careful assessment and repair. Hailstones act like tiny missiles bombarding your roof, creating indentations or punctures in your roofing material. While a few small dents may not necessarily compromise the integrity of your roof right away, a severe hailstorm with large hail is almost certain to necessitate roof repair or replacement.
In the aftermath, it is important to thoroughly inspect your roof to determine the extent of the damage. This will help guide whether partial repairs are sufficient or a complete re-roofing job is needed to restore protective functioning. This guide will explain the process for assessing hail damage to your roof and reviewing repair or replacement options.
Understanding Hail Damage And Roof Repair Options
The Gold Coast and Brisbane experience frequent hailstorms. Homeowners need to understand damage levels and repair options.
Minor damage with a few dents may only require replacing sections of your roof. However, extensive granule loss or multiple penetrations likely require a full re-roof. A re-roof replaces all materials and is necessary when over half the roof is damaged. It maintains a weather-tight roof and prevents issues down the line.
Licensed roofers can properly assess damage, both visible and unseen. They provide repair recommendations tailored to your home and roofing system. Insurance may cover varying levels of repair or upgrades depending on policy details and assessed damage.
With storms common, Gold Coast and Brisbane homeowners must understand hail impacts and repair or replacement options to protect their roofs and homes best.
Signs of Hail Damage In Colorbond Roofs
Colorbond steel roofs can sustain damage from large hailstones that should be inspected after a storm. Here are some signs of potential hail damage on Colorbond roofing:
- Dents – Hail can dent the metal panels and gutters, deforming the smooth surface. Inspect for small dimples or larger indented areas.
- Paint chipping/peeling – The paint coating on Colorbond steel can chip and peel from hailstone impacts. Look for missing paint and exposed metal.
- Granule loss – The stone coating on Colorbond steel can shed off from hail strikes. This exposes the metal below to weathering.
- Perforations – Large hailstones can potentially puncture holes through Colorbond panels, causing leaks.
- Rust spots – If hail damages the paint finish, rusting of the exposed steel may occur over time. Look for orange discolouration.
- Roof age – Older Colorbond roofs near the end of their lifespan will show hail damage more readily than newer roofs.
Carefully inspecting your Colorbond steel roofing after a major hailstorm can reveal if the roofing panels, gutters, and downpipes need repair or replacement due to hail-related damage.
Professional Roof Inspections
A professional roof inspection is highly recommended after a hailstorm to assess potential damage properly.
Licensed contractors have expertise in identifying issues that may not be visible to the naked eye. They can examine all roof areas, including under solar panels or vents, using tools like binoculars, moisture meters, and thermal imaging cameras. Trained professionals can distinguish between minor and severe damage.
A thorough inspection ensures the full extent of the problem is understood. This allows for an accurate determination of whether a partial repair will suffice or a complete roof replacement is necessary. Their evaluation helps guarantee the appropriate repair approach is taken.
Without this expertise, further harm could be done by underestimating the work required. Homeowners should rely on the inspection of their roofing contractor to identify remedies that will protect their homes long-term.
Estimating Repair Costs
Getting an estimate from a licensed roofing contractor is important to understand repair costs upfront. Estimates will vary depending on roof size, material type, and extent of damage assessed.
Contractors provide a quote for partial repairs, full replacement options, or roof upgrades. Materials, labour, and disposal or cleanup fees are all factors. They may advise repairing rather than replacing if it fits within insurance deductibles.
Homeowners insurance claims commonly cover hail damage, though deductibles apply. Contractors can work with insurers on estimates. Getting multiple competitive quotes to identify fair pricing in your local market is best.
Accurate cost projections help decide the best course, whether using insurance proceeds, paying out-of-pocket, or financing repairs. Don’t always go with the lowest bid – verified experience counts. Proper estimates ensure repairs are done right within budget.
DIY Repair Options and Their Limits
Minor DIY repairs are a cheaper option for small hail damage. However, professional installation is typically recommended for roof work.
Replacing smaller sections of your roof yourself runs the risk of improper installation that leaks over time. Your roofing must be properly aligned, sealed and nailed correctly. Roof safety should also be considered. Working at heights carries fall dangers without proper equipment or training.
Furthermore, DIY work may void manufacturer or insurance warranties if not done by a licensed roofer. Damage that is more widespread or invasive is not advisable to attempt yourself. Structural risks like weakened decking require contractor expertise.
If in doubt, let the pros assess damage severity first before embarking on self-repairs. Their inspection prevents undertaking work beyond your ability or safety. For lasting results, professional installation delivers sound repairs.
Durable Roofing Materials
Consider upgrading to stronger materials, such as Colorbond, when repairing or replacing a roof after hail damage. This adds long-term protection for future storms.
Concrete or clay tiles are highly sturdy, defending against impacts from large hail. While expensive, they can last 50 years. Certain metal roofing options like steel are impact-resistant and do not deteriorate over decades. Stones bounce off without causing dents.
More durable materials may cost more upfront but provide solid long-term value and peace of mind, decreasing future repair risks. Your investment is protected.
Protect What Matters: Avoid Hail Damage To Your Roof
Choosing a qualified roofing contractor is essential to assess hail damage properly, determine the right repairs, and ensure the quality and longevity of your new or restored roof.
Look for licensed, experienced professionals who are transparent about estimates, materials, and workmanship warranties. At A. I. Guttering and Roofing, we provide free inspections and competitive quotes for Australian steel Colorbond roof repairs, replacements, and durable upgrades that withstand severe weather.
Don’t risk further damage or wasting money – contact A. I. Guttering and Roofing today to discuss options for restoring your roof protection following hail. Our experts can ensure the right solution for your needs and budget.