Oh Hail! 3 Areas Of Your Roof To Inspect After A Hail Storm


If you've just had a hail storm travel through your town, you'll need to inspect your roof for damage. Before you head out to assess the damage, you should know that you're not going to get the best damage assessment by looking from the ground up. In fact, most hail damage to your roof isn't visible from the ground. To get the best assessment of the damage, you'll need to climb up on your roof. Here are three things to look for when inspecting your roof for hail damage.

Check the Metal

When inspecting for hail damage, the first thing you should do is check the metal surfaces on and around your roof. This should include the metal flashing around roof vents and fireplaces, as well as your metal rain gutters. You'll want to look for signs of dents and cracks. Be sure to check inside the rain gutters, as well. If your rain gutters and roof flashings were damaged during the hail storm, chances are that you're roof has some damage too.

Inspect the Ridge Cap

The next thing you should do is climb to the top of your roof and inspect the ridge cap. If you're not sure what the ridge cap is, it's the roofing material that covers the top intersecting edge of your roof. Since this is the highest portion of your roof, it's exposed to the most significant portion of any storm that hits your home. Carefully look for dents, cracks and missing roofing material. If your ridge cap has been damaged, you'll need to have it repaired or replaced by your roofing contractor.

Identify the Shingle Damage

Finally, you'll need to identify the type of damage your shingles have sustained. There are actually three different types of damage that hail can cause.

Shedding

Take a look in your yard and inside your rain gutters. If you see asphalt granules, that's a sign that your shingles have endured some shedding during the hail storm. The granules help protect your roof from water damage. The granules also help protect you from slipping when you walk on your roof, by forming a slip-resistant surface.

Bruising

Dents aren't always visible to the naked eye. If you don't see any visible damage, try running your hand along the surface of your shingles. If you feel dents, use your index finger to press in on the dented area. If you can feel the material give way under the pressure, you probably have shingle damage that will need to be repaired.

Cracking

When hail hits your roof with significant force, it can crack your shingles. Look for circular cracks in your shingles. Those cracks could lead to roof damage during the next storm, especially if rain water leaks through the cracks and onto the wood substructure of your roof.

Hail can cause significant damage to your roof. Use the information provided above to inspect your roof for possible hail damage. If you see cracked or damaged areas in your shingles, you'll need to contact a roofing contractor as soon as possible. To find out more, speak with someone like Griffin Bros. Inc.

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