When Should Roof Hail Damage Be Repaired

Posted on: 27 July 2017

Small pieces of hail or brief hail storms may not cause any damage to your roof. But large pieces or hail storms that linger for several minutes may cause a great deal of damage to your roof. Knowing when you should get your roof inspected or repaired can be tricky. You don't want to do it if no damage is present, but you don't want to miss damage and sustain larger amounts of damage to your roof when the next storm rolls in. Here are a few signs that your roof should be repaired following a hail storm:

You See Shingle Granules Around the Edges of Your Home

When hail hits an asphalt shingle roof, the granules can fall off the shingle. When this occurs, you may see the granules near your downspout if you have a gutter system, or all around the edges of your home if you do not have a gutter system. If you see granules strewn about, you will want to get your shingles looked at. When the granule material is missing, your shingle may be unable to repel water efficiently, which can cause water to leak into your home. Damaged shingles may need to be replaced, or the entire roof may need to be replaced if the damage is extensive. 

There are Visible Dings, Dents, or Cracks in Your Roofing Material

Hail can be damaging to many different types of roofing including metal, wood shakes, asphalt shingles and ceramic tiles. If you notice any visible dings, dents, or cracks in the roofing material following a hail storm, you will want to call in a professional. When dings or dents are present, water may pool on that one indented spot. This can lead to leaks. Likewise, when the roofing material is cracked, water can seep in and cause a leak. 

You Have Damage to Other Items Around Your Home Due to Hail

There are many items around your home that may be damaged in a hail storm. This includes your siding, your air conditioner or HVAC unit, your gutters or your windows or shutters. If the hail was so severe that these items are damaged or show dings or dents, there is a good probability that your roof, or many of the items that make up your roofing system, such as the flashing and edging, are also damaged. If you notice damage to your property from hail, call in a roofer to take a look at your roof. 

If hail has struck in your area and you are not sure whether your roof has sustained hail damage or not, it is better to be safe rather than sorry. Often times, you cannot see the damage done to your roof by hail. There may be soft spots that are not visible or you may be unable to see all of the dings or dents in your roof. A roofing repair company should be called in to examine your roof and determine whether repairs are needed. 

Check out a website like http://www.americanrenovationssc.com/ for more information and assistance. 

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