Hail, unfortunately can cause a whole lot of damage simply because it's hard balls of ice rather than small flakes of ice, such as the case with snowfall. If there has been a hail storm, one area to inspect for potential damages is the roof. Chances are, if many others in your area are detecting damages, homeowners insurance for anyone living in the area will cover the damage, which is one of the reasons to inspect for damages right away aside from also ensuring that your roof is still stable and repaired if not. Here are three ways you can detect damage:
- Dents in the Metal: Even small dents in the metal parts that make up the roofing system can indicate hail damage. This means that the hail was large and dense enough to do real damage to the roof. Some specific places to check for these dents is the flashings and vents on the roof. Since this is the most obvious sign of damage, it's important to check here first because then you know there is probably damage to the roof that needs to be inspected by professionals even if it cannot be easily seen by you.
- Bruises in Shingles: The next place to check would be the shingles themselves, which can have some obvious bruising from being hit with hard hail. These bruises will be black and soft, so if you notice a black spot, it's best to feel it to determine whether or not it's a bruise or just a simple stain from discoloration over time. If it is a bruise, you need to have the shingles that are affected replaced because, overtime, these vulnerable areas can allow water to begin to seep through.
- Granule Build-Up in Gutters: Finally, be sure that you inspect the gutters for granule build-up. Granule build-up indicates that the roof is probably exposed to the sun and other harsh weather conditions that can do more serious damages in the future that are going to end up being costly to fix. On top of this, granule build-up in the gutters needs to be removed to prevent clogging in the gutters. This way, water flow can continue to be smooth and prevent water damage on the roof, sides, and foundation of the home.
When you know these three ways to detect potential hail damage on the roof, you can be sure that you are taking action to get hail damage roof repair before it causes worse problems.