How to Identify Hail Damage on the Roof
Hailstorms can damage just about anything that is outside. Some damage is noticeable, such as a broken window. However, most people tend to overlook minor roof damage. Hail and high-speed winds make your roof vulnerable to damage and repair.
When a hailstorm hits, you need to ensure your roof is intact. Spotting some damage can be difficult as not all of it is visible. However, ignoring the minor destruction or leaks can develop into bigger problems later. Remember that fixing minor damage is easier than replacing your entire roof.
So, let us look at how you can spot the signs of roof damage after a hailstorm.
How Do You Know If Your Roof Has Hail Damage?
Various factors affect the impact of hail on your roof. They are:
- Hail size
- Wind speed
- Roofing material
- Roofing age
- Roof slope
Roofs nearing their expiration dates and made of poor material suffer more losses. The damage can be both cosmetic and functional. Certain cosmetic damage, like broken edges, punctures, and granule loss, can cause severe complications. Granules are added to the roof to prevent excessive sun exposure. When they get damaged, it can reduce your roof’s lifespan.
In severe damage, the shingles may break and rip off entirely. However, detecting damage, like small cracks, can be challenging without professional help. Here are a few tips to get started.
- Start with the gutters. Dents in the gutters or downspouts are a clear sign of roof damage.
- Make sure to look inside the gutters as well. Shingles that break down from the roof can fill up and clog your gutters.
- Look for any dents, dings, or splatter marks on your roof flashing and vents.
So You Have Damaged Roof- Now What?
When you find signs of hail damage on your roof, it could mean costly problems for your home. Even the most minor cracks can escalate before you realize it. Starr Roofing & Exteriors can conduct an inspection and estimate for free of cost. Contact us today for all your roofing needs.