When it comes to the roof over your head, much of its importance sometimes goes unnoticed. Not only does your roof keep you safe and protected from leaks and other weather elements, but it also keeps your home looking nice on the outside. Unfortunately, many different types of damage can happen to your roof over time because of general wear and tear and weather conditions. Hail damage is one of the worst types.
It’s important that you learn how to identify hail damage on your roof so you can get it repaired to save money in the long run and ensure your home stays safe and beautiful.
How to Perform a Hail Damage Roof Inspection
A common misconception is that hail damage on roofs is immediately noticeable. Sometimes the damage doesn’t show up until months or even years later. That’s why it is crucial to complete a roof inspection to check for less obvious signs of damage.
At Sunshine Contracting Corp., our first priority is safety. That applies to you just as much as it does to our workers. So if you’re planning to complete some inspection steps on your own, be sure to take safety precautions before you start. Make sure you have the proper knowledge and safety gear before starting the inspection process for hail damage to your roof. Wait until the hailstorm has completely subsided before taking any of the following steps:
- Check non-roof areas: It may sound unrelated, but finding damage to your house’s siding, windowsills, air conditioner, decks or other areas around your house can mean there is a higher chance of damage on your roof.
- Inspect the soft metals around your roof: Often, the first thing to get damaged are gutters, downspouts, gutter screens and any other soft metals near your roof. If this has happened, you’ll notice dents in the metal that can be large or small. Again, this is a sign your roof could have significant damage.
- Getting On the Roof: Once you’re up there, you can start looking for signs of damage related to your roof material. Hail impacts various roof types differently. For any type of roof, there is often random damage consistent with the precipitation that does not have a discernible pattern. From that point, the damage can show up in a number of ways:
- Hail damage to asphalt and composition shingles: When hail hits your asphalt and composition roof, you might later notice dents that are black or soft to the touch. Granules can be lost along the roof and expose the next layer or the asphalt may seem shiny where it didn’t before. This is often extremely difficult to notice and takes a professional eye for detail. It takes a lot of force to knock granules from the roof. Once the next layer is exposed, water leaks can occur.
- Wood shingles with hail damage: If there is damage, you will often see a split that is orange or brown in color. The split might have sharp edges and corners from deterioration or it could have little to no breakdown along it. Often, there are random dents and marks of impact around the split from the hail.
For Hail Damage Repair, Contact Sunshine Contracting Corp.
If you’ve followed this list, you’ve completed your hail damage roof inspection. If you found hail damage, we offer affordable solutions that should have your home looking its best in no time. We know discovering hail damage on your roof is stressful enough, so let us manage the repairs. Whether you need a full roof replacement or just a few shingles switched out, Sunshine Contracting Corp. can make it happen throughout several counties in Virginia.
For more information or to schedule your roof replacement, contact us right away!