Hail damage costs the U.S. upwards of $22 billion each year. Not only are hail storms dangerous to people, but they can also do serious damage to your roof.
The larger the size of the hail, the more damage done to your property. A damaged roof can lead to leaks or roof deterioration, which is why you should act fast to fix it.
Do you suspect roofing hail damage to your home? If so, you may need to repair or replace your roof. We go over the most common signs of hail damage so you can take the next step.
Signs of Hail Damage to Shingles
Damage to your roof can happen with hail as small as one inch in diameter. In high wind storms, hailstones may cause upwards of $30,000 in home and property damage.
But what does hail damage look like on a roof? That depends on the type of roofing material. Depending on the type of shingles or material you have on your roof, it can be easier to spot damage.
For instance, on asphalt shingles, you’ll want to inspect the shingles for missing granules. Look for black spots where the granules have been damaged or knocked off. Hail hits may also feel softer, similar to a bruised spot on an apple.
On wooden shingles, look for splits or cracks. The new split may appear brownish or orange in color. Metal roofs will show dings or dents which you can often feel by running your hand over the surface.
Roof Vents, Gutters, and Flashing Damage
Check the metal on your roof for dings and dents. Softer metal can show the indentations made by hail you may not have noticed on the shingles.
Look over the roof vents and the flashing for signs of damage. Dented gutters, gutter screens, and downspouts can also indicate hail damage.
Damage to the Outside of Your House
You can often spot signs of storm damage from hail to the outside of your house before you inspect the roof.
Dimples or dents in the AC unit or metal wall vents can indicate possible roof damage. Damaged patio furniture, dings or paint damage to the doors or siding, and damaged windowsills or casing are all signs to look for.
High wind speeds during hail storms can also knock shingles loose. Look for roof pieces on the ground such as shingle parts or granules. If you notice these signs, break out the ladder to inspect the roof.
As tempting as it might be, you could damage your roof (or yourself) by trying to DIY the job, so never try to fix a roof yourself.
How to Fix Roofing Hail Damage
Once you’ve inspected the outside of your home and suspect roofing hail damage, grab a ladder. Make sure to use safety precautions and never try to fix anything yourself. In most cases, you can stay on the ladder as you inspect the roof for damage.
To the untrained eye, it can be difficult to spot hail damage to shingles or shakes. However, if you suspect hail damage it’s important to contact a roofing company to fix your roof as soon as possible.