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hail damage on a roof

Does Your Roof Have Hail Damage?

Hail damage on a roof occurs when hail impacts shingles and causes dents or tears in the shingle. Hail-caused dents or tears cause the granules to become loose and wash away in follow-up rainstorms. The granules protect the shingle from damaging sunlight and heat, and the loss of protection causes the shingle to degrade more rapidly, causing cracking or further tearing. Cracks or tears from any source can allow water to pass through the shingle and into your home. When you’re working to repair a roof leak, start by checking whether or not you have hail damage first.

Roof hail damage can be hard to identify, especially if you’ve never looked for it before. If your roof shows signs of hail damage, your home may be vulnerable to roof leaks or more rapid deterioration of the shingles or other roofing materials.

The experts at Signature Exteriors have created a checklist to equip you with foundational tips and tricks to inspect your roof for hail damage. If you need professional help looking for roof hail damage, contact a reputable roofing company and schedule a roof inspection.

Let’s start with some hail damage examples. Below are photos of what hail damage looks like so you know exactly what to look for on your own home.

 

 

Do you have hail damage?

Common signs of hail damage on a home include:

Dented Gutters
Your gutters and downspouts are impacted by hail damage too. Check if these items have any dents or dimples visible from the ground. If you see dented gutters, it’s likely your roofing shingles have damage as well.

Damaged Siding
Check your home’s siding for dents, cracks, paint chips, or holes.

Torn Window or Door Screens
Even small hailstones are capable of causing tears or holes in the window screen mesh.

Damaged Plants or Flowers
Hailstones can cause damage to flower beds and bushes. After a hailstorm, you’ll notice that leaves or blooms of plants have likely been torn off or damaged.

Roofing Company Yard Signs
If you’re seeing other roofing companies working in your neighborhood after a recent storm, all of the houses in your area were probably impacted.

Do your shingles have hail damage?

Common signs of hail damage on a shingle roof include:

Hail Marks on Shingle
When hailstones hit your roofing shingles, they may show subtle spots of granule displacement, dents in the surface, or holes.

Dented Roof Vents
Roof vents are often made of lightweight metal. Even small hailstones can cause dents and cracks in this material. Take a piece of chalk, turn it on its side, and rub it across these surfaces to reveal any hard-to-see dents and dings.

Missing Shingles
Check the roof for any missing shingles or shingle tabs that may have blown off during the storm.

Paint Chipped Satellite Dish
Look for chipped paint, spatter marks, or damaged satellite dish components.

Gutter Guard Deformities
Look for tears or deformation in metal or plastic leaf guards and screens on your gutters. Additionally, there may be shingle granules that will collect in your gutters.

If you think that you’ve found signs of hail damage, give a professional, local roofing company a call and ask for a hail damage roof inspection. Professional roofers can provide a detailed assessment to help you determine whether the damage warrants an insurance claim. Additionally, certified technicians will be able to offer an affordable and long-lasting solution to keep you safe for years to come.

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