Hail is much more common during the colder months due to weather patterns and increased precipitation. While your roof should withstand even the most terrible rain or hail, it can do some damage that may need to be repaired to keep your roof in tip-top shape. Here is a simple guide in order to determine if your roof has been damaged by hail.
The first step is to do a quick look on your roof to see if you see any obvious damage. If you have a metal roof, this process is much easier as the hail will produce divots or ‘dings’ in your roof. It will look pock marked or slightly dented. If you see this, you need to contact a licensed professional to come out and assess the damage and provide you a quote. Most home insurance will cover hail damage if a licensed roofer inspects it.
If you don’t see any damage from the ground, but you still suspect that your roof may have taken quite a beating from a hail storm, break out a ladder and take a closer look. If you feel uneasy about heights, you can always ask an experienced roofer to go up and take a look for you. Check the top crest of the roof, as this is where damage often starts. Look at the outer edges of the shingles as well to make sure the sealant is not damaged or failing.
Types of Damage
There are several types of damage that can occur with hail. The shingles can crack, become dislodged, or at worst, a hole in your roof. Try to identify the type of damage you are looking at and then call a reliable roofing company to repair the damage as soon as possible. You would want your roof repaired ideally before the next rain so you don’t end up with leaks and further water damage.