Of all kinds of precipitation, hailstones are perhaps the most damaging to roofs – and to whatever they hit for that matter. Unlike rain and snow, they can leave your roofing system in disrepair in an instant. Their destructive potential depends largely on their size, but even the smallest of them can give the most durable roof covering a severe beating.
The problem is that hail damage isn’t always easily noticeable, especially if you don’t have a trained eye. To schedule a roof repair in a timely manner, 1-800-Rite-Roof explains how to spot its signs on different roof materials:
The force of high-velocity hailstones can knock the protective granules of asphalt shingles out of position, and those granules will likely end up in your gutters. You may not see them from the street, but the affected areas usually develop dark spots, highlighting the exposed portions of the substrate. Because of the internal fracturing of the mat, their bruises could feel soft when you press on them.
Wood roofing materials usually split when stopping the momentum of hailstones. The marks are typically brown or orange. As in asphalt shingles, hail hits on wood shingles generally have no discernable pattern. This is especially true if the wind was blowing in different directions during the storm.
Metal Shingles (and Flashings)
By and large, metal roofing components are the toughest against hail. They typically remain in one piece after hailstorms. However, those made from malleable materials can be susceptible to denting. Some materials make minor dents even less visible because of their rich texture.
Do a cursory evaluation after inclement weather to identify red flags early, but don’t rule out hail damage despite the lack of evidence. Post-storm assessment from 1-800-Rite-Roof is a sound roof maintenance practice to detect damage from hailstones. Call us at (800) 748-3766 to schedule a thorough inspection and to receive your free estimate if repairs are necessary.