Hail Damage To Your Roof

One of the most dramatic weather events in the United States is large thunderstorms, which often produce heavy rain, heavy winds and in some cases damaging hail.  Many people are not aware that hail can severely damage the roof on their home, depending to the size of the hailstones, as well as the velocity that it impacts the roof.  One way to look at the impact that hail has on a roof is to consider how hail can cause dings and dents in a car made of steel.  Imaging what that is doing to an asphalt or fiberglass roof shingle! 

A qualified roofing contractor that is licensed and insured can perform a roofing inspection immediately after a hail event, to determine if the roof has been damaged by hail.  The experienced inspector will be able to immediately determine if there is roof hail damage or if there is just normal wear and tear occurring on the roof. 

One of the things they will be looking for is dings and dents in the shingle.  Sometimes the force of the hail hitting the roof can also crack the shingle as well.  Another clue they will be looking for is areas where granules are missing on the shingle exposing the surface of the shingle.  If the damage is a result of a recent hailstorm, the area will show up easily.  In normal wear and tear, the areas where granules are missing will not be as visible, because the sun has bleached out these areas and they tend to blend into the adjacent areas, indicating normal wear and tear. 

In the event that the roof has been damaged by hail, the inspector will provide the homeowner with the necessary information to file an insurance claim for a full roof replacement, which can be done promptly to protect the interior of the home from water damage.