You likely know that hail can cause damage to your roof, but you may wonder how. After all, if your roof is designed to be sturdy and withstand the elements, why do these little ice pellets cause so many issues? You may want to know the answers to these questions after a hailstorm or just to prepare for the possibility. In either case, these are good and common questions.
Hail and Your RoofRoof damage caused by hail may appear minor at first; however, the real damage (that you may not be able to see) can be severe. During hailstorms, the main factors that impact the severity of the roof damage include the wind strength and the hail's density and size. Also, roofing materials and how barriers and nearby homes are positioned can impact the amount of damage that occurs. Hail can be tiny, like the size of a pea, or large like a softball. It's clear that size plays a huge role in how much damage occurs. The stones may also have rougher edges, which can puncture some roofing material. If you have an older roof or one that is already damaged, it may be more susceptible to damage from hail.
Roof Inspections for Hail DamageIf a hailstorm moves through your area, it is a good idea to call in a roofing expert quickly to determine the severity of the damage. The professionals will provide a comprehensive inspection of your roof and identify any issues or damage that may not be readily obvious. A quality roofer will be able to find out what is going on and help with insurance claims. Some of the most common signs of hail damage include:
- Weakened seal integrity
- Splitting wood shingles
- Fracturing or exposure to the fiberglass mat under the roof
- Deteriorating roof materials
- Lost shingle granules
- Water damage
- Loose or missing shingles