Learning All About Roofing Materials

Learning All About Roofing Materials

A Storm Is Brewing: 4 Ways To Spot Hail Damage On Your Roof

Beverley Hall

Now that storm season is approaching, it's time to get ready for the hail storms. If you've never experienced a hail storm, you might not realize how much damage they can do. A severe hail storm can dent cars, break windows, and even damage your roof. Unfortunately, hail damage isn't always easy to see at first glance. To inspect your roof for hail damage, here are four things you should look for after a storm.

Loose Granules

When inspecting for hail damage, the first place you should look is inside your rain gutters. Hail storms are often accompanied by high winds. Those high winds can scrape the granules off your asphalt shingles. Once the storm has passed, look inside the gutters. If you see asphalt granules, there's a good chance that your shingles have sustained hail damage.

Missing Shingles

Missing shingles are the next thing you should look for during your inspection. Walk around the perimeter of your yard and look for debris that might have blown off your roof, such as shingles – or shingle material. If you see remnants of shingles in your yard, you'll need to take a closer look at your roof. This will help you determine how many shingles were lost during the storm as well as the severity of the damage beneath the missing shingles.

Bruised or Dented Shingles

When hail hits the roof, it can leave small bruises or dents in the shingles. While they might look harmless, these indentations can be hiding damage beneath the surface. Look at your roof. If you see small bruises or dents, press down on them. If the shingle gives way under the pressure, your shingles have suffered damage that has passed through to the underside. You'll need to have those shingles replaced as soon as possible.

Cracked or Torn Shingles

In addition to bruises and dents, hail can also cause your asphalt shingles to crack or tear. Unfortunately, if you've sustained a large portion of cracked or torn shingles, you might need to have your roof replaced. This is particularly true if the damage has gone through to the substructure – or wood surface of the roof.

Storm season is just about here. If you're new to the area, be sure you're prepared for the hail storms. Be sure to inspect your roof after each storm. If your roof suffers damage during a hail storm, you'll need to contact a roofing contractor as soon as possible.


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Hi, I'm Dwight Eberstark. I am crazy about all of the different types of roofing materials available today. While upgrading the roof on my home, I looked into the material options in great detail. I studied all of the different metal materials used to create modern shingles. I also looked into switching to asphalt, wood or tile shingles. I eventually settled on bronze shingles designed to last for decades. Instead of aging, the bronze finish just continues to improve. I also switched to metal gutters that make a beautiful sound when the rain falls onto the surface. I would like to share my passion for roofing materials through this site. Thank you for coming by. Visit again soon.