Hail occurs when ice forms inside the updrafts of thunderstorms. The ice can present as tiny pellets or large balls. Hailstones of all sizes can cause significant damage to your property.
Ice hitting your roof can crack or crush shingles or tiles. The cracks then allow moisture to seep through the roofing materials into the structure below. Widespread moisture damage can lead to more significant problems within your living space.
Strong winds often make hailstorms more intense, resulting in severe damage. Besides propelling hail into your roof, wind can tear shingles from your roof deck. Any storm-related damage requires immediate attention and repair.
Before even stepping foot on the roof, you can look for hail damage signs.
Look for Damaged Shingles
Signs of hail damage to a shingle roof include granules or pieces of shingles in the gutters or drains. Once on the roof, look for bruised shingles or shingles that feel soft or mushy. Look for random pitting as well.
Look for Dents
When a roof has experienced hail damage it will have a mixture of dents, cracks, and splinters. The dents will vary in size depending on how big the hail is.
Look for Materials and Shingles in the Gutters and on the Ground
Wood, slate, and tile roofing may crack and break, resulting in small bits of the material in the gutters or on the ground. Check on the roof for cracks and breaks in the shingles if you can’t see any from the ground.
If there are any signs that your roof has been damaged by hail it is important to begin repairs and prevent further damage to your roof. If you don’t repair or replace a hail-damaged roof, the damaged sections won’t protect against moisture and other climate conditions.