If you recently had a big storm that included large pieces of hail, you might be concerned about the damage it did. Roofs are susceptible to hail damage, and might experience dents, cracks, or even holes, depending on the severity of the hail and the type of roofing materials you have. Here are some signs that you have hail damage on your roof so you know when it is time to get repairs done.
Check For Damage on the Ground First
Before you start going up onto the roof to look for damage after a hailstorm, check the ground first. The ground around the perimeter of your home can tell you a lot about whether or not your roof was affected by the hail. First consider the type of roofing material your home has, then look for signs of that material on the ground. For example, if you have asphalt shingles, you might notice some mineral granules on the ground close to where your downspouts release water. You may also notice small broken pieces of metal roofing or tiles, if those are the materials you have on your roof. Also look around your home at objects like your heat pump or metal siding. If you notice dents, then the hail was likely large enough to damage your roof as well.
Check Flashings and Metal Components on the Roof
You now need to head up to the roof and carefully check the surface for signs of hail damage. Start by checking all metal components, such as flashing around your roof vents and chimney, and any metal valleys. You are looking for any type of damage, such as dents, cracks, or even holes in the metal components. While you are checking these areas of the roof, also inspect the gutters and downspouts, as they might also have experienced some damage from the hail.
Examine the Roofing Materials
While you are on the roof, you will next check all your roofing materials closely. The obvious signs of damage from hail are dents and cracks, just as you have been looking in the other metal components of the roof. However, some forms of hail damage are a little more subtle. For example, you might find asphalt shingles that don't have major damage, but some of the granules seem loose or removed from the shingles. It might also look like you can see more of the underlying surface of the shingles, which suggests hail knocked some of the top material loose. Severe hail can even knock entire roofing materials, like shingles or tiles, from their position on the roof.
Contact a roof repair company, like Affordable Roof Care or another location, for more information and help.Share
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