Identifying hail damage on your roof can be a daunting job, especially when you aren’t trained to inspect roofs. However, this doesn’t mean you should just leave your roof alone after a hailstorm hit your town.
There are ways to determine whether or not a roof has sustained hail damage. Your best bet is to contact roofers in Colorado Springs to take a look as most will offer inspections for free.
Different types of shingles, as well as the age of the shingles can have different reactions to hailstorms because of their compositions. Your neighbors roof may have been damaged and yours may not have sustained any damage. It is important to note what type of shingles your roof has when diagnosing it for hail damage.
One of the very first indicators of possible hail damage to your property is when the metal items such as gutters, roof vents, and metal flashings are dented. However, bear in mind that these items are also constructed of varying thickness and sometimes do not show dents even when your roof is damaged.
Hail damage on asphalt shingles
Asphalt is the most common type of shingle material. They are made primarily from asphalt combined with either organic material or fibreglass. Since asphalt is vulnerable to UV rays, small metallic surface granules are coated over to protect the roof from deterioration.
Here are tips on how to spot hail damage to asphalt shingles:
- There are dark spots or bruises on the places where the granules have been impacted by the hail. These bruises and other possible hail hits are often soft to the touch.
- The matting of the shingles is exposed due to loss of granules.
- Excessive granule loss can also indicate hail damage to your roof. Gutters tend to fill up with granules which spill out onto the ground at the downspouts, along eave overhangs, and roof edges. A great place to spot loose granules is on your driveway.
- Hail damage tends to be random; so, if you’re seeing a discernible pattern, this may be normal wear and tear caused by everyday weather conditions or installation scarring and manufacture defects.
Hail damage on wood shake shingles
Generally, wood shingles are very vulnerable to normal seasonal weather conditions. Their durability and other physical properties also depend on the species of wood used. This makes it hard to differentiate weather-induced damage and hail damage. But here are some helpful signs:
- Like that of asphalt shingles, hail damage to wood shingles has a random pattern.
- There are evident temporarily clean spots on stained wood where the hailstone hit. A clean spot does not constitute damage;however, this is a good place to start by checking to see if the shake was fractured.
- A punctured shake or shingle that may be accompanied by the exposure of underlying layers.
- Splits in the shingle have brownish or orange color, which are possible indications that the splits are fresh. Natural splits are weathered due to long term exposure to the elements.
- At times you may find small or broken pieces of wood shakes on the ground following a hail or wind storm.
If you believe your roof has been damaged by a recent hailstorm, get a professional roofer immediately to inspect your roof and discuss your possible next steps.