IDENTIFYING HAIL DAMAGE TO YOUR ROOF
Identifying hail damage to your roof is very important. Whenever a hailstorm impacts your home, you are at risk for future roof repairs and a damaged vehicle. During a hailstorm, the roof of your home, and any personal property are at high risk of being damaged. The biggest issue with the roof covering your home is that it is impossible to protect it from hail. To protect a vehicle is very simple, it’s possible to move the vehicle inside a garage. In contrast, a roof is at least 1 story tall, pretty slippery during a hailstorm and a steep roof, not to mention you are the main target for hail hits. Although hailstorms have a destructive perception, the damage can considerably vary from home to home within the same neighborhood.
Throughout this post, we will discuss a different type of factors that can impact your home during a hailstorm. Also, we will provide a few tips on how to identify hail damage to your roof whether you have an asphalt shingle roof or a different material roof such as sheet metal roofing system.
- Roofing Material -Different shingles handle differently to hail. For example, hail can ding up metal siding, gutters or asphalt shingles. The effects are different to vinyl, and wooden shacks where it can crack. In contacts, when the hail is the size of a softball, it can puncture through the roof completely. Additionally, previous roofing maintenance and roof age can affect the way your roof reacts to the hail.
- Blockade – When a roof can be blocked by natural placement of trees, landscaping, fences, or even neighbor’s house, it can affect the damage left on the roof of your home.
- Wind – If a hailstorm hits, you will also feel some wind. Winds can vary between different speeds and directions. This can impact different sides of your home. The south side of a roof usually gets the most wear and tear.
- Physical Attributes – The size and the intensity of hail can affect the home in different ways. Hail comes in different shapes and sizes, and these affect the damage greatly. Most hail hits DO NOT have smooth edges, which influences the damage causes.
HOW DO HAIL HITS LOOK LIKE ON MY ROOF?
Different kinds of shingles can respond differently to hailstone hits. For example, wood and slate hail hits can look unique compared to composition or asphalt shingles. It is a good idea to learn the difference so that you can identify hail hits to your roof shingles.
COMPOSITION AND ASPHALT SHINGLES HAIL DAMAGE
- Hits are usually darker spot on the roof
- Hail has no pattern when causing damage
- Mats that have a shiny appeal to them
- Exposed felt papers, due to loss of granules
- Based on age, hail hits can bruise to roof, like a peach
WOOD SHINGLES HAIL DAMAGE
- Hail has no pattern when causing damage
- Spliced shingles with shape edges
- Dents, and punctures to the wood shingles
- Wooden shingles split with an orange opening
With all the various factors that are in a hail storm, different damage can be mistaken for hail damage. An example of this is when a home does not have proper roofing ventilation. The shingles can start to blister creating damage that can be mistaken for hail. The extreme sun and heat can also be brutal for your roof, so with age and high exposure to heat, a hailstone hit can be easily mistaken. These defects are normal wear and tear. People easily mistake them for hail damage. Manufacturers could also have batches of defective shingles. And if you somehow get the defected shingles, one can easily confuse normal manufacturer defects with hail damage.
If you suspect that your home has storm damage from hail, call Charlotte Ace Roofing immediately. We will gladly assist you and help you in identifying hail damage or wind damage to your roof.
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