Your roof’s ability to protect the underlying structure, your belongings, and most importantly, you and your family from the effects of the elements may be severely reduced by the occurrence of hail storm roof damage.
Insurers usually cover the cost of fixing hail storm damage on your roof; however, the adjuster will only approve a claim based on the recommendations of qualified roofing professional. To avoid wasting your time and money on unnecessary claims every time you suspect that your roof has sustained roofing damage, its best to call in a professional after conducting your very own inspection.
Although it’s quite more accessible for you to take notice of any hail storm damage on the surfaces that are below your eye level, it is much harder for you to take note of roof damage caused by hailstones.
Hailstones can vary in terms of their size; some being pea-sized, while others are as large as a softball. This means that they have the potential to cause all sorts of damage; from small or insignificant dents on the surface to tearing holes straight through the roof.
Here’s a brief look at some of the signs pointing to hail storm roof damage as determined by the roofing materials used:
Metallic surfaces easily show the signs of hail damage. Visible dings and dents can be seen with the naked eye on any surface of the roof where soft metal is used. The indentations can, in addition to signaling hail damage, be used to estimate the estimated size of the hail.
When inspecting your roof’s metallic surfaces for any signs of hail damage remember to pay close attention to metallic roof vents, gutters, and roof flashing. If the roofing material used is metallic, then it goes without saying that you should inspect the entire roof surface as well.
Asphalt And Composite Roofing Materials
While it’s much easier to spot the signs of hail damage on metallic surfaces, inspecting asphalt and composite roofing will require a little more attention to detail. The damage to the roofing surface usually follows an irregular pattern.
Look for black spots, indicating where the hailstones made an impact with the roof. These spots may have an exposed felt, due to the associated granular loss. Any places that give easily upon with the sight application of pressure with your fingers also point towards hail damage; and the unfortunate onset of deterioration.
Wooden And Vinyl Shingles
As previously stated, hail damage on a roof surface is usually spread out in an irregular pattern. Wooden and vinyl shingles crack generally under the impact force of hailstones. When inspecting your vinyl or wooden shingles for hail damage, check for cracks on relatively new shingles that show minimal signs of normal deterioration. There should be a dent somewhere along the break indicating where the hailstone hit.
Many types of damage may be interpreted as hail storm roof damage to the untrained eye and will require roof repair contractors to come and provide an inspection. Cracks to brittle wooden or vinyl shingles and granular loss or blistering on asphalt and composite roofs are the most common; as a result of extended exposure to other elements such as the sun, it’s essential that you call in a qualified roofing inspection professional to help you make a solid conclusion.