The only thought we have when a hail storm strikes is the amount of damage that is about to be caused. When it comes to roof damage from hail, some is obvious – like dents, breaks or cracks.
It’s the small details that you miss, though, that determine if your roof needs replacing. Here’s what to look out for after a hail storm hits.
When it comes to short-term hail damage, look for dents and fallen or damaged shingles. When you see a crack in the shingles from high-impact winds or hail, it can lead to tears and breaks in your roof.
Next, be sure to check your gutters for fallen shingles and granules from the wind’s erosion and impact. Your gutters may be dented and clogged, another sign that your roof has even more extensive damage.
Lastly, be sure to check your deck as well as your siding to determine whether your shingles and roof are damaged. Signs of bruising or dents is the first step to having your roof and house further inspected after the hail storm.
More extreme damage from hail, like a leaky roof, rotting wood, low air circulation or property damage, can necessitate a full roof replacement.
Start by looking at how clogged your gutters are after the storm passes to determine whether or not the flow of water was completely restricted. If you have been hit by hail larger than 1 inch, you’re likely to have property damage, too.
High-impact hail can punch straight through your roof, deck, gutters and shingles, leaving holes that need immediate repair. With more extreme damage indications, it’s best to have your roof inspected by professionals to check for any other extensive harm.
Repair or Replace?
After you have assessed the damage done to your home, it can be tricky to know whether a full replacement or just a few repairs is needed.
A professional roofer can examine the damage and help you in deciding what to do next. If you have short-term damage, roof repairs may be all you need to get your house back to normal.
With more extreme damage, a roof inspector can help you determine what the best course of action will be. Bottom line, ignoring storm damage is the worst thing you can do.
If you are in need of a roof inspection after a hail storm, call Roof Fix SA to speak to our team of professionals. Financing options are available.