Hail is a type of precipitation known to cause damage to man-made structures. If you live in an area that gets hail from time to time, knowing the way that hail might affect your roof and how to spot signs of damage can help you take care of your property.
Can Hail Damage Your Roof?
Yes, hail can damage your roof. The type of damage that your roof sustains will depend on a variety of factors, including the material the roof is made from, the condition of the roof, the size of the hail, wind speeds, and other factors.
What Does Hail Damage Look Like?
In some cases, hail damage is unrecognizable. In other cases, hail damage is more obvious. It's important to know the signs.
If your home has shingles, hail damage may take on the form of black pockmarks scattered over the surface of the roof. The pockmarks will be varied in size, shape and location. These pockmarks are what happen when the granules are knocked off the shingles and the material underneath is exposed. When touched, these spots will feel soft, like the skin of a bruised apple.
A metal roof that is damaged by hail will have dents of various sizes. These dents may not be very visible unless they catch the light in a certain way or unless you skim the side of a piece of chalk over the roof to reveal high points (where chalk makes a mark) and indentations (where no there is no chalk).
A slate roof that has been damaged by hail will have small to large holes in the slate shingles.
What Should You Do If You Believe Your Roof Has Hail Damage?
If you believe that your home's roof may be damaged by hail, contact a roofing contractor in your area. He or she can examine your roof and give you a definite diagnosis. This is important to do even if you see no evidence of hail damage. Not all hail damage is visible to the untrained eye.
What Kind of Repair Work Does a Roof Need After Being Damaged By Hail?
This completely depends on the type of damage incurred, the extent of the damage, and the condition of the roof before the hail fell. Some rooftops need a simple repair; other roofs may need to be replaced. The only way to determine for sure what kind of repair your roof will need is to talk to a roofing contractor.
What Can Happen If You Don't Address Hail Damage Promptly?
Typically, hail weakens the roof but does not cause immediate damage. If the roof is not repaired quickly, it may start to deteriorate. Water damage and structural damage can occur if this problem is not addressed in a timely manner.
Occasionally, hail punctures the roof and water damage occurs right away. The latter scenario is not very common and usually happens to roofs that were already structurally unsound.
Is There Anything You Can Do to Prevent Hail Damage?
The best thing you can do to prevent hail damage is to maintain your roof and make repairs right away. If you're not sure whether or not your roof is vulnerable to hail damage, contact a roofing contractor in your area. He or she can help you determine what kind of repairs your roof needs (if any).
Who Can You Turn to for More Information About Hail Damage?
For more information about hail damage and how you can protect your roof, contact Select Exteriors. We're happy to help homeowners from the area to take good care of their roofs.