Hail damage on a roof occurs when hail impacts shingles and causes dents or tears in the shingle. Hail damage can cause the granules, which protect the shingle from damaging sunlight and heat, to become loose. As the shingle begins to degrade more rapidly, additional cracks or tears can form which allow water to leak through the shingle and into your home. When you’re working to repair a roof leak, start by checking to see if 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 has been damaged by hail, your home may be vulnerable to roof leaks or more rapid deterioration of the shingles or other roofing materials.
The experts at Signature Exteriors created a checklist to equip you with basic tips and tricks to inspect your own 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 what hail damage looks like. 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?
- Dented Gutters
Your gutters and downspouts are impacted by hail damage too. From the ground, check to see if these items have any dents or dimples. If so, 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 window screen mesh.
- Damaged Plants or Flowers
Hailstones can cause damage to flower beds and bushes. After a hailstorm, you’ll notice that the leaves or blooms of these plants have likely been torn off or damaged.
- Roofing Company Yard Signs
If you’re seeing other roofing companies working on homes in your neighborhood after a recent hail storm, it’s likely that all of the houses in the area were damaged by the storm.
Do you have hail roof damage?
- 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 a lightweight metal. Even small hailstones can cause dents and cracks in this material. Take a piece of chalk, turn it on it’s 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 inspection 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.