A hail storm went through last night, and you could have sworn it sounded like thousands of rocks pummeling your roof. When you go to look, at first glance, you can’t really tell if it’s damaged or not. So what does hail damage look like on a roof after all?
You may not be able to see the damage from the ground, or even up near the edge of your roof. We recommend always hiring a professional to come take a look. We are going walk you through our steps to identifying damage during an inspection.
First Signs Of Hail Damage On Your Roof
First, we look for spots where granules are knocked away, and you see a change in the texture on the shingle itself, exposing the matting underneath. It may be subtle, or more obvious, but either way, it’s damage that can erode more over time. When we do our inspection, we will mark every nick we find with washable chalk. This will make it very clear for any insurance claims and inspections, then make it easy when we go back to repair.
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Untreated Hail Damage Compounds Over Time
Over time, more and more granules will get knocked away exposing more of the asphalt matting underneath, exposing it to the elements such as moisture and UV rays. A secondary way to monitor if your roof has hail damage, without getting up on the roof, is if you notice granules washing out of the gutters.
Hail damage to your shingles not only exposes the matting underneath to the elements, and risk of leaks, but it overall degrades the lifetime of your original shingles. The asphalt can bubble up, lose its viscosity and fail sooner than your roof would normally.
Hail Damage Lowers Your Home’s Value
A damaged roof may never get worse, or may never leak, but this doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be repaired. The “it’s fine” attitude will only last you so long. This damage, the second it occurs, lowers the value of your home. Take advantage of insurance opportunities right away. Check out Travelers view of roof hail damage.
Your home is a big investment, one you want to last, and loss of value is a major factor of hail damage on your roof. This will hurt you in the long run, by depreciating due to the condition of your home’s roof.
Repairing Hail Damage On Your Roof
The damage does not have to be obvious, or extensive, for it to become a problem. So, if you notice hail damage on your roof or other parts of your property there are some steps to take. As we stated, you should get an inspection, and file a claim.
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Then, there are two things you can do: 1) You can think the damage is minimal, and wait until your ceilings start showing signs up leaks – in which this will be too late for easy repairs. 2) Or, we can come to repair the minimal damage early, before any further damage occurs. Take care of your investment, and give us a call!