How to Identify Hail Damage on the Roof

Posted by roofcoadmin December 20, 2018

Did you know that within a hailstorm more than just your cars are possibly susceptible to damage, as well as future repairs? As hail makes impact, it might damage your roof or home covering, and additional personal property. Even though hailstorms may become destructive, the quantity of damage may greatly vary. The following are a few factors which affect the degree and type of damage which might be affected by a hail storm, and a guide about how you can identify damage to various kinds of roofing materials and shingles.

Wind – Within a hail storm, wind speed and wind direction may vary. Wind condition changes may affect the severity and location of impacts.

Density and size – The hailstones’ size may affect the level of damage to your home. A hailstone may be as big as a softball or as tiny as a pea. Many hailstones don’t have smooth corners, which may impact the kind of damage they’ll cause.

Materials of a building – Such materials absorb the impact of hail differently. For instance, hail may produce dings in siding, asphalt shingles, or gutters, whereby it might crack wood shakes or vinyl siding. On the other hand, softball-sized stones may be strong and dense enough to puncture the roof. Also, the condition and age of the roof might affect the level of damage.

Barriers – The stance of nearby structures, as well as natural barriers, such as landscaping, tree cover, fences or any adjacent houses may decrease the capability of hail causing damage.

 What Hail Damage Does to the Roof

Shingles may respond differently while struck by stones. Hail damage to composition shingles and asphalt may look different than damage to wooden shingles. It’s vital to know the various effects of the hail damage to correctly identify if there is roof damage caused by hail.

 Composition Shingles and Asphalt Damage

  • Hail hits which are soft to the touch, such as the bruise upon an apple
  • Mat and/or asphalt which looks shiny
  • Loss of granules that might expose the roof’s felt
  • Hail hits which are black
  • Random damage without any discernable pattern

Wooden Shingles Damage

  • Impact dents or marks alongside the splits
  • A split inside the shingle with little to no deterioration at the corners
  • A split inside the shingle with sharp edges and corners
  • A split inside the shingle that’s orange/brown
  • Random damage without any discernable pattern

There are several other kinds of damage to roof shingles which may be mistaken for hailstorm damage. For instance, sunlight and inclement weather exposure makes roof shingles brittle and leaves them with an aged look. This kind of damage is regular wear and tear of roof shingles, which sometimes is misidentified as hailstorm damage. Additional kinds of regular wear and tear might include cracking, blistering, flaking, granule loss, and algae. Mechanical imperfections and manufacturing defects in shingles also can be mistaken for hailstorm damage.

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