Identifying Hail Damage To Your Roof
When your home has experienced a hail storm, it can damage the roof of your home. As hailstorms can be destructive, the extent of the damage varies depending on several factors. The following are some of these factors that affect the severity of damage caused by a hailstorm.
Wind: The direction and how fast the wind is blowing can drastically vary. The difference in wind conditions can affect how and where the hail inflicts damage on your roof.
Size: The size of the hailstones can affect the degree of damage to your home. The size of the hailstones tend to vary, most hailstones have rough edges, which can impact the type of damage they cause.
Building materials: Different building materials handle the impact of the hail differently. For example, hail can cause dings in aluminum siding, gutters, or asphalt shingles, but can crack vinyl siding. The age and condition of a roof could affect the degree of damage.
Signs Your Roof or Exterior Has Hail Damage
Missing shingles or holes in your roof are the more obvious signs of damage, but minor damage may be difficult to detect. The first place to look for any hail damage is your gutters. If there is damage to your gutter, then they make need gutter services. Hail that has the power to cause roof damage will most likely dent your gutters. If there are dents and dings on your gutters and downspouts, you’re likely to have problems on the roof.
Gutters will also fill up and clog because of the particles from the shingles when hail hits them and causes damage. Clogged gutters indicate that the hail may have damaged your roof.
The next place to look is your siding, and lastly your deck. Both of these areas will oftentimes have damage from a bad hailstorm and are indicators for potential roof damage. Hail damage on your siding or deck tells you to get a roof inspection by a trained professional to identify hail damage on your roof.
What Does Hail Damage to Your Roof Look Like?
As stated before, the different shingle materials can react differently when hit by hail. As an example, hail damage to asphalt and metal shingles can look very different than hail damage to clay shingles. It is important to know the different effects of the damage to properly identify whether or not you have roof damage from hail.
As different types of shingles can have different damages, many types of damage often get mistaken for hail damage. Such as, exposure to high heat and sunlight can make the shingles brittle and make them appear older than they are. This type of damage is normal wear and tear of shingles, which is sometimes misidentified as hail damage. Other types of typical wear and tear may include blistering, cracking, granule loss, flaking, and algae. Manufacturing defects and mechanical imperfections in shingles can also be mistaken for hail damage.
Our Roofing Experts Can Help
The LOA Construction roofing contractors are experts at understanding how hail damage affects your property. If you’re unsure if your roof has damage caused by hail, contact us for a property evaluation. Our roofing experts will help you understand the scope of work that will be required to repair your property, and we will get it looking good as new!