The roofs are meant to withstand extreme weather and protect our home, however, hail damage is not always preventable.
Hailstones can range from as small as a pea to the size of a softball and bigger size hailstones can fall nearly 100 miles an hour that can cause damage to your roof. Hail damage can be very obvious or sometimes very difficult to spot and most times it takes a professional eye to spot the signs of hail damage to the roof.
The presence of one or more signs may indicate whether hail damage has been done and can help you determine whether you need a roof repair or a replacement. Here is your guide on how to spot the signs of hail damage on your roof.
Dented gutters or downspouts
Damage to gutters is the first identification mark that your roof has suffered hail damage. If you notice dents on your gutter screens or downspouts calling a roofing expert for an inspection is a great idea.
Cracks on roof shingles
Cracks on roof shingles can happen for many reasons, for instance, exposure to inclement weather and sunlight can make them brittle. Other types of normal wear and tear may include cracking, blistering, flaking, and algae. However, if you notice cracks specifically after a hail storm than it is an indicator that your roof needs maintenance. The best way to identify such cracks is to run your hand over the roof. Keep in mind that shingles can react differently when struck by hail, for instance, damage to asphalt and composition shingles can look different than hail damage to wood shingles.
Hail damage on asphalt and composition shingles-
- Hail hits that are soft to touch
- Hail hits that appear black in color
- Loss of granules
- Mat or asphalt appears shiny
Hail damage on wood shingles-
- Dents or impact marks along with the splits.
- A split in the shingle that has sharp edges and corners.
- Random damage that has no noticeable pattern.
- A split in the shingle that appears to be orange/brown in color.
- A split in the shingle that has little or no wear at the edges.
Smaller denting or pockmarks are the signs that your roof has been bruised due to the hail storm. You can feel along the surface for dimples to identify the bruised portions of the roofs. You may not do anything if the bruising is not that huge, however, it can predict the chances of future wear and tear of your roof. In case the dimples have any kind of giving while you press them then it is a sign that the shingles have started to decay. In such a situation calling a roofing expert for a complete inspection is a must to safeguard the lifespan of your roof.
In case of asphalt roofing, you need to check for missing pieces along your roof. You may notice the underlying matter where the asphalt granules were knocked off or there may be shiny spots which are an indicator that roof needs repair.
Having uneven bubbles on the roof is one of the major signs that your roof has suffered a hail damage.
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