Diagnosing Hail Damage On Your Roof

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During a hail storm, your roof is at high risk of being damaged. A roof damaged by hail will not stop rain water from penetrating into the structure. This increases the risk of incurring damage to items inside your home, like furniture and other personal belongings. Hailstorms can be very destructive, depending on how large the hail is, how fast the wind is, and how much rain is pouring down. Keep reading to learn about the different factors involved in a hailstorm and how to identify these issues on the roof of your home.

Factors That Affect The Type And Degree Of Damage To Your Roof In A Hailstorm

Building Materials

Different types of building materials absorb the hail impacts differently. For example, if you see small dents in your asphalt roof shingles, then it's probably damage from hail. If you see racks in your wooden shake roof, then it's probably damage from hail. The age of your roof also plays a role, because older roofing materials will not be able to withstand hail impacts as well as a new roof will.

Hailstone Size And Density

The larger the hail is falling from the sky, the greater the chances are that it will damage your roof. Hailstones can be as small as a pea or as big as a softball. Also, since hail is frozen balls of ice, their edges are typically ragged and sharp, which can make roof damage even more severe.

What Does Hail Damage Look Like?

This is not an easy question to answer because it depends on the type of roofing material on your home, the age of that material, the size of the hailstones, and if there was any wind or rain accompanying the hail during the storm. But here is a general overview of what you can expect to see if hail damaged the most common types of roofing materials.

Wood Shingles

If you see impact marks along any dents or splits in the wood shingles, it is safe to assume that these shingles were damaged by hail. Also look to see if the dents are in no discernible pattern. The splits in hail-damaged wood shingles typically have sharp corners or edges, and may even be brown or orange in color.

Asphalt & Composition Shingles

Looking at asphalt and composition shingles, if you see round impact hits where the granules may be missing and roof felt is exposed, then it's hail damage. These impact points are also typically black in color, may appear shiny, and are usually soft to the touch, just like a bruise on an apple.

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