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.
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 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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