How to Identify Hail Damage on a Flat Roof

Roof hail damage in New MexicoHail damage isn’t always easy to detect on a flat roof. In fact, damage from a weather event may go unnoticed for months or even years, long past the allowable time to file a claim for compensation with your insurance company. As there have been some significant storms of late, here is how to identify hail damage on a flat roof and the steps that you should take towards restoration.

Southern New Mexico Hail Storms

The end of 2015 showed a significant string of hail storms throughout southern New Mexico, particularly in the Las Cruces and El Paso region. In October alone, there were several storms that came through the area, dropping hail up to 2 inches in size that caused both vehicle and property damage.

Identifying Roof Damage

Some hail roof damage is pretty obvious, while other damage is not. Severe roof damage can be seen visually in the form of holes, splitting, and cracking in the roofing material. Latent damage refers to structural damage that you may not be able to see visually, but will likely cause issues such as leaks and cracks later on if it is not addressed. If damaged roofs are ignored, the owner is looking at a host of problems down the road including mold, increased energy bills, decreased property value and other safety issues.

Latent roof damage can be detected by taking several steps. First, inspect the property surrounding the building. If there is damage to the building’s HVAC system, siding, windows or landscaping, there is also likely to be some form of roof damage. If the roof is a built-up or gravel roof, the gravel will need to be brushed away and a core sample sent to a lab for analysis.

New Mexico Roof Hail Damage Repair

If you think that you may have hail damage to your flat roof, don’t wait to get it inspected and repaired. To protect yourself and the value of your building, have a storm damage inspection done by a reputable contractor who has experience with repairing damage to flat roofs and with handling complex insurance claims. Call Atlas Home Repair today at (575) 522-0697 with any questions or to schedule an a