Hail storms can cause significant damage to your roof, leaving it vulnerable to leaks and other issues. However, it can be challenging to spot hail damage without knowing what to look for. In this guide, we’ll show you how to identify hail damage on your roof so you can take action and protect your home.
Look for Dents and Cracks in Shingles
One of the most common signs of hail damage on a roof is dents and cracks in the shingles. Hailstones can cause dents in the shingles, leading to cracks over time. These cracks can allow water to seep into your roof and cause leaks. To check for dents and cracks, inspect your roof from the ground using binoculars or climb up on a ladder for a closer look. Wear appropriate safety gear and use caution when climbing on your roof.
Check for Missing or Broken Shingles
In addition to dents and cracks, hail can cause shingles to become dislodged or completely torn off. This can leave your roof vulnerable to water damage and leaks. To check for missing or broken shingles, inspect your roof from the ground or climb a ladder for a closer look. Look for areas where shingles are missing or where there are visible gaps in the roof. If you notice any missing or broken shingles, they must be replaced as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your roof.
Inspect Your Gutters and Downspouts for Dents and Dings
Hail can also cause damage to your gutters and downspouts. Inspect them for dents and dings, affecting their ability to channel water away from your roof and home properly. If you notice any damage, have them repaired or replaced as soon as possible to prevent water damage to your home’s foundation and walls. Cleaning out any debris that may have accumulated in your gutters and downspouts is also essential to ensure proper drainage.
Look for Signs of Granule Loss
Granule loss is one of the most common signs of hail damage on a roof. Granules are the small, sand-like particles that cover the surface of asphalt shingles and protect them from the sun’s UV rays. Hail-hitting the roof can knock off these granules, exposing the shingles and making them vulnerable to further damage. To check for granule loss, look for areas on your roof where the shingles appear shiny or have a different color than the rest. You may also notice granules in your gutters or on the ground around your home. If you see signs of granule loss, a professional must inspect your roof to determine the extent of the damage and whether repairs or replacements are necessary.
Consider Hiring a Professional for a Thorough Inspection
While it’s possible to spot some hail damage on your own, having a professional inspect your roof for a more thorough assessment is always a good idea. A professional roofer will have the experience and knowledge to identify all types of damage, including hidden damage that may not be immediately visible. They can also provide an estimate for repairs or replacement, which can be helpful when filing an insurance claim. Don’t hesitate to contact us at HUF Construction for a comprehensive inspection if you suspect your roof has been damaged by hail.