Hail Damage And Your Roof: The Basics Every Homeowner Should Know

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Strong storms can be damaging to your home's roof. Hail storms, in particular, are known for causing damage. If you've just experienced your first hail storm as a homeowner, it's important that you evaluate your roof for damage. Sometimes, hail storms cause obvious signs of problems, like blatant leaks or piles of loose shingle granules along your gutters. Since most hail damage isn't as easily visible from the ground, you'll need to take a closer look at your roof's condition. Even subtle hail damage can lead to serious problems over time. Here's a look at what you need to know about hail damage and its long-term effects. 

How Can You Spot Hail Damage?

It can be tough to spot hail damage if you don't know what you're looking for, because it shows differently based on the type of roof you have. For example, shingle roofing may have visible dark spots where granules might be missing. You may even see circular cracks in the shingles if the hail hit particularly hard or was large in size. If the shingles are only dented, that can be harder to detect, but not impossible. Run your hand over a few shingles. If you feel a slight dent, press down on it. If it feels even slightly spongy, it's a sign that there's damage.

Metal roofing, on the other hand, will have visible pits, pings and dents in it if it's been damaged by a hail storm. It can be tough to tell if the metal needs replacement without the help of a roofer, though, so you may want to reach out to a local roofing company if you have a metal roof.

Why Should You Be Concerned About Hail Damage?

Hail damage can be a serious problem for homeowners, both immediately and over time. When hail damage is severe enough, it can cause holes in the roof that will lead to leaks. This can cause more extensive water damage, which can be devastating to your home's structural integrity and pose many additional threats.

Shingles that suffer minor to moderate hail damage are still a concern, because the roofing will wear more quickly if it's damaged by hail. The hail destroys granules on the surface of the shingle, making it more susceptible to long-term issues.

How Should You Deal With Hail Damage?

If you inspect your roof only to discover that it is damaged, your best course of action will depend on the severity of the issue. If you have large clusters of marks on the roof, that's considered extensive or widespread hail damage, and that often needs replacement. Smaller damages can be repaired sometimes, but if you need a replacement, have your roofing professional there to consult with the insurance company's adjuster. This is important, because the professional insight from the roofer may make the difference between a claim approval and a denial. Luckily, most insurance companies consider hail damage to be a natural event, so you may not even see an increase in your premiums as a result of the claim for your hail-damaged roof.

It's important to remember that no two homes weather a storm in the same way. Even if your neighbor's roof came through the storm completely unscathed, that doesn't mean that yours did as well. You might find that your roof suffered more damage, whether from the position of your home or the age of your roof. In either case, the best way to know for sure and to address the problem is by working with a skilled roofer in your area who has experience with hail damage and roofing repairs. The more proactive you are, the longer lifespan you'll see from your roof. You can visit a local roofer's website for additional reading.

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23 December 2015

inspecting the roof on your home

When was the last time you really looked at your roof? I had no idea how important yearly inspections of my roof was until I found myself footing the bill for a full roof replacement and interior ceiling replacement. Since then, I have learned how to inspect my own roof twice each year. I always inspect it each spring after the harsh winter elements have gone away and again in the fall before winter weather sets in. You can use the information compiled on my website to inspect the roof on your home and make the small repairs that will save you from full roof replacement.