How To Spot The Signs Of Hail Storm Roof Damage

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

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.

Professional Versus Do-It-Yourself Pest Control

Ever since the economic meltdown, many homeowners have opted to do most of the household tasks they’d usually hire a professional for. There’s usually no harm in doing a paint job over the weekend. However, some tasks are best left to the pros. Pest control is one of these.

Pests can be a nuisance to your home.  Of course you can easily handle the occasional spider or flies. However, some pests such as termites, yellow jackets, bedbugs and mice are harder to eliminate. There are several reasons for this:

Advantages of hiring professional pest control service providers over DIY
Before highlighting the major advantages of hiring a professional pest control company, it’s worth noting that DIY pest control can save you money. However, this is only true if the over the counter pesticide actually works. If it doesn’t you might end up spending more money on pesticides that you would have spent hiring professionals. Here are the top advantages of hiring professionals.

Free advice

Many pest exterminators will offer free advice to their clients. This includes how to prevent future pest invasions and, how to effectively get rid of pests. Professional exterminators have extensive knowledge about what actually works and what doesn’t. Their advice is usually better than what you’ll find on the internet.

Use of the best chemicals and techniques

Chemicals used to get rid of pests pose a threat to the health of your family, pets, plants and environment. If you opt to eliminate household pests yourself, it’s advisable to follow all instructions outlined on the pesticide’s label. It’s worth noting that some pests can mutate and become immune to specific chemicals.

Professional exterminator services use the best chemicals and techniques to ensure that all pests are completely eliminated and there’s no danger to their client’s family. This save you time and money you would otherwise spend researching the best ways and chemicals you should use to eliminate household pests.


Pest control companies often offer guarantees to their clients. The guarantee is usually an assurance that your home will be pest free for a specific amount of time. If the invasion recurs within the guarantee period, the company is usually obliged to offer their service for free or at a discounted fee. This gives you peace of mind knowing that you won’t have to worry about a pest invasion in the near future.

DIY pest control is a good option if you want to save money and, the pest invasion is easy to manage. However, hiring professional exterminators is often the best option if you want to ensure the safety of your household and completely get rid of pests.