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Hail, Yes! Why You Need a Roof Inspection

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Golf ball-sized hail stripped trees, dented cars and blanketed downtown streets in bursts of severe weather that hit Colorado Springs hard last year.

The violent storm took a toll on area rooftops, too.

“You probably remember where you were, scrambling to get out of harm's way when the hail started to pound down,” says Ben Feilmeier, sales manager for 7 Summits Roofing, Colorado Springs. “But the roof of your home likely took the full force of the storm.”

Most insurance policies require that roof repairs be completed within a year of the loss. As the one-year anniversary of 2014's severe storms approaches, it's the perfect time to take advantage of a free, professional roof inspection.

If there's legitimate damage, your homeowner's insurance policy will likely cover the cost of repair or replacement.

Did your roof sustain damage? If you're like many homeowners, your answer is based more on guesswork than a trip up a long ladder.

“After a storm, many homeowners peer up at the roof from their front yard and decide their roof is OK. That's not enough,” says Feilmeier.

Damage to shingles may be impossible to see from the ground. What's more, unless you know what to look for, you may not spot danger signs. It's important to determine the extent of the damage in order to prevent future structural issues.

“If shingle and roof damage is not caught early enough, it can cause big problems inside later on,” says Feilmeier. “The cost to remediate some of these cascading problems, like mold and rot inside the house, can run into big money.”

Feilmeier's advice: “If your home got hit by hail, and if there is any question, get a professional inspection.”

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material on Colorado Springs houses. While they're tough, reliable and affordable – and installed correctly, they can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years – they can still be damaged in severe weather.

Signs of trouble include:

• ragged, cracked or bruised shingles

• torn or split seams

• excessive shedding of the granule material on top

• damaged flashing around vents, chimneys and eaves

Professionals at 7 Summits Roofing provide routine roof inspections quickly. A professional estimator will climb up on your roof and inspect it fully, providing an assessment of any damage. The company prepares a cost estimate for the roof's repair. Certified adjusters on staff can help homeowners prepare an insurance claim and stand by to answer any questions throughout the insurance process.

Most home insurance policies cover the roof. In some cases, a policy will provide for upgrades in accordance with local codes.

“We do the paperwork every day,” says Feilmeier. “We can handle the details of insurance claims for homeowners who don't have the time.”

7 Summits Roofing, a family-owned business in Colorado Springs, has more than 50 years experience in roofing. The company is licensed and insured. From hail damage repair to full roof replacement, all work performed by the 7 Summits team is backed by a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.

We are ready to climb your roof and tell you the truth.

Please call us today at 719-432-8619 or drop by our website to request a free estimate.

This article was produced for and sponsored by 7 Summits Roofing. It is not a product of or affiliated with KOAA News 5.



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