Why Identifying Hail Damage Is Important
Regardless of what kind of roof your home has, hail can do a lot of damage to it. Over time, hail damage can cause leaks and broken shingles and after a particularly bad hailstorm, your roof might need immediate attention.
However, unless you check your roof after every hailstorm, it’s unlikely that this damage will be noticed right away. There are a few ways to tell if your roof has sustained hail damage from a recent storm.
What Are the Obvious Signs of Hail Damage?
Some of the more obvious signs of hail damage to your roof can be seen without even having to get up on a ladder. These can include but aren’t limited to:
- Dents in the hood of your car
- Broken windows and window screens from hail
- Damage to gardens or lawns from hail that’s fallen
- Dents protruding from the bottom of your gutters
- Damage to decks and patios
- Damage to trees due to high wind
If the hail was bad enough to dent, scratch or ruin your lawn and car, then your roof probably needs some TLC as well. In these cases, it’s important to call a roofing professional as soon as possible to assess any possible damage.
Long-Term Hail Damage to Your Roof
Sometimes, hail doesn’t dent cars or ruin your lawn but can still do damage to your roof. The severity of hail damage to roofs can depend on several factors, including:
- Hail size
- Wind speed and direction
- Age of your roof
- Roof materials
- The slope of your roof
A lot of this might seem obvious: Larger hail is going to do more damage since it has more weight and falls at a faster speed. However, even small pieces of hail at high speeds can cause a lot of damage to your roof that might not be visible from the ground.
All of these variables work together when assessing hail damage after a storm. Damage can be minor to severe, and the size of the hail shouldn’t be the sole indicator of damage.
What Kind of Damage Can Hail Do to Your Roof?
Hail damage to your roof can be functional or cosmetic. But like the indicators of hail damage severity, a lot of times the cosmetic issues can be indicators of functional issues. Things like bruises, punctures and granule loss can lead to serious complications down the road if not fixed right away.
It’s important to fix any issues with your roof as soon as the problem presents itself, no matter how minor it might seem. Even things like a single broken shingle can lead to broken seals and leaky roofs down the line if not dealt with right away.
Contact a Professional
It can be tempting to fix household problems yourself. But when it comes to your roof, your best bet is to call a Petrali Roofing. We’ll use our many years of experience to make sure it’s fixed right the first time and doesn’t lead to problems down the line. Inspections are always free so don’t wait until there’s water coming in. Call, text, or email today or fill out this form.