Repair or Replace? How to Address Hail Damage to Shingles

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Repair or Replace? How to Address Hail Damage to Shingles

The current buzz over the winter weather in Colorado will soon turn to talk about spring storms. Most home and business owners dread the clattering of hail beating on the roof. The sound means hail damage to shingles will soon follow.

Are you prepared for the hail season?

If not, you’re in the right place. Take a minute and read our brief guide to what to do when your roof has hail damage.

How to Inspect for Hail Damage

Detecting damage after a hail storm isn’t as straightforward as you might think. Damage on a roof isn’t always obvious and usually entails, at a minimum, climbing a ladder for a look on top. For the most accurate view, you should walk the roof.

The ridge cap should get a careful inspection. Due to its position at the peak of the roof, it gets more exposure to hail and tends to suffer the most damage.

Scan the shingles for damage. Don’t forget the edges where it’s common to find cracks and dents.

Finally, inspect flashing, vents, and metal valleys, along with plastic or acrylic skylights. If you’ve upgraded to glass, your skylights aren’t as susceptible to hail damage.

Should I Repair Damaged Shingles?

Damage from wind, rain, and hail storms includes cracking, bruising, and missing granules. Damage doesn’t always mean you need a total roof replacement.

Large pieces of hail landing on shingles can create circular cracks. Your roofing contractor can usually repair cracked shingles with a putty knife and roofing sealant.

Missing shingles may need immediate attention, especially during monsoon season. If you notice exposed substrate, call your contractor and have repairs made before the next storm. 

You won’t have much trouble detecting cracks or missing shingles. Bruising, on the other hand, isn’t always visible.

How to Deal with Bruised Shingles

For proof of bruising, you’ll need to press on the shingles to find areas where you can push in on the material. You can feel an indentation, and underneath the shingles, you’ll feel soft or spongy areas.

Since it’s not as noticeable, it’s easy to ignore. It’s a bad idea to avoid dealing with bruising on a roof because, over time, weather damage only makes the situation worse.

If you only have a few bruised shingles, your contractor can probably repair them. If you have a large area of damaged shingles, you should speak with your roofing contractor and schedule a total replacement.

Need Help Handling Hail Damage to Shingles?

Even though we’re still dealing with snow and ice in the Denver area, spring is on the way, and with it, the potential for hail damage. Observing your roof after every storm for hail damage to shingles and other roofing system components can save you from the need to make costly repairs.

If you do end up with cracks, bruises, or you notice large areas with missing granules, let your roofing company come out and do a professional inspection.

For help with repairs or to schedule routine maintenance, contact our team today!

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