Waiting for a hail storm to pass and then assessing the damage outside is one of the more anxiety-inducing moments for a homeowner. Is the car okay? Has the home’s siding taken a beating? And what about the roof? Has it sustained enough damage where I’ll need to call a roofer to repair it?
Texas is no stranger to hail storms, so we thought it would be a good idea to help out homeowners by talking through how to detect roof hail damage, as well as what the process for fixing hail damage looks like.
Let’s get started.
Detecting Hail Damage on a Roof
It’s important to first note that several different factors play into the severity of the damage your roof sustains from hail. For example, the larger the hail, the more likely it is to damage your roof (hail that is 1.5 inches or larger in diameter can create severe roof damage). The wind speed and direction also plays a role, as well as how old your roof is and the types of materials its made of.
With that said, here are some specific types of damage you should be looking for when inspecting your roof:
Cracks in Shingles
If the hail is bad enough, it will cause cracks in your shingles. This can eventually lead to the shingles tearing off, exposing your roof, and leaving it vulnerable to weather.
Weakened Seal Strips
Another type of damage that can leave your roof susceptible to further issues from the elements, weakened weather strips can eventually lead to shingles becoming dislodged completely. This can be hard to detect, which is why we recommend calling in a roofing professional after a hail storm to take a look.
Granules are the tiny pieces that cover the top of a shingle and feel like sandpaper. The purpose of granules is to protect the asphalt parts of shingles from the elements. So, when they fall off, it can increase the aging process of your shingles. Look for these little pieces in your gutters or downspouts.
Hail storms can also shatter the surface of the shingles, which can then cause the shingle to break away, exposing the fiberglass mat underneath it.
How to Fix Hail Damage on Your Roof
Because hail damage varies depending on the severity of the storm, fixing the damage can be an easy job, or a little more comprehensive.
For light damage, it can be as simple as replacing a shingle or patching it up. If your roof encounters a nasty hail storm, a whole roof replacement may be necessary. The older your roof is, the more likely it will need a more thorough repair after a hail storm. After a storm, you should always have a professional come and take a look to inspect for damage.
Unless you have extensive experience in roof repairs, you should let a pro like Eagle Eye Roofing handle your hail damage repairs. This is because if the damage isn’t completely remedied, you’re leaving the door wide open for your home to sustain more damage the next time a storm rolls through. At Eagle Eye, we’ll come to your home for a FREE inspection. Based on what we find, we’ll lay out your options and make recommendations for how to best repair your roof.
In addition, we are great with insurance claims and will work with you to ensure that you’re only paying for what you should be. With over 70+ 5 star reviews on Google and over 10 years of experience, we know what it takes to ensure that you’re completely satisfied with your roof repairs. To get in touch with us, head over to our contact page, and fill out our brief form. Or, you can reach us at 281-706-4013!