Identifying Hail Damage on Your Roof

Jul 30, 2021 | hail damage

You could be neglecting the effect of hail damage on your roof. If you experience hail in your area, however occasional, your roof could potentially be unsafe. What may seem to be cosmetic damage might be more dangerous than it looks. It’s crucial to identify hail damage accurately to assess repairs.

In this post, we’ll explore some ways of identifying whether your roof shows any signs of hail damage. We’ll also look into the best options for repairing a damaged roof.

Your roof can be made from shingles, or it could be a metal roof. But hail does not discriminate in its potential for causing damage. There are a variety of factors involved in determining the effects of hail damage. These include the hail’s size and wind speed and the material, age, and angle of the roof.

Sometimes, the signs may be undeniable. For example, if your roof is leaking, there’s no denying the damage. But if you can’t find any obvious signs, start by looking for dings or dents on your roof vents and gutters. To determine whether you have roof damage, here are some signs you should look for:

  • Cracked shingles are perhaps the most obvious sign. This is a sure sign of hail damage.

  • Lifted shingles – any shingles that have come loose, look raised or are curled in any way.

  • Bruised shingles – black or dark spots on your shingles, as well as noticeable bruising and impact marks, suggest a decrease in the longevity of your shingles.

  • Granule loss – the part of the shingle that looks like sandpaper protecting the inner asphalt coating from wear and tear due to the elements. Shingles losing granules accelerate the deterioration of the roof.

  • Seal damage – each shingle has a self-seal strip that adheres to neighboring shingles and the rest of the roof. If the seal is weak, hail can blow shingles off your roof. This leaves your roof and other shingles exposed and vulnerable.

  • Dents in metal roofs – these are obvious signs of damage to an otherwise uniform, clean surface.

  • Loosened fasteners – these might require close inspection, but loose fasteners can occur due to forces of impact, as well as high-velocity winds. This compromises the integrity of your roof.

Repairing To Make Things Right: Contact Honest, Experienced Professionals

If you find any of these signs, you might not know how to deal with them. Fortunately, repairing a hail-damaged roof is entirely possible!

As soon as you find out you have roof damage, you must contact a professional (as well as your insurance) to remove the risk of harm to your family and property. Being proactive about your roof repair will also help to keep the warranty intact.

Fortunately, at Kraft Roofing, we are a family-owned business with over 100 years of combined experience in the roofing business. We believe in Texans helping Texans and understand the importance of a safe home for your family. Give our friendly team a call at (281) 816-7101, and we look forward to bringing your roof back to good condition.