How To Spot Hail Damage To Your Roof

Jul 1, 2021 | Education

How To Spot Hail Damage To Your Roof

Sometimes, it’s fairly easy to know when a hailstorm has wreaked havoc on your roof. Even putting aside the situations in which you’re in your house listening to the pellets of frozen water hammer away at your house’s exterior, there is no shortage of possible telltale signs that your roof has suffered hail damage.

Here are three of the most common indications we tell people to look for.

Blown Off Or Missing Shingles

The first thing most homeowners are bound to notice when examining their roof in the wake of a hailstorm is if any shingles are missing. In most cases, a missing or partially dislodged shingle is a fairly obvious type of damage to note, and while pellets of hail themselves typically don’t carry the force to rip shingles off their moorings, most hailstorms work in tandem with high winds that absolutely could. This definitely qualifies as hailstorm damage- and what’s more, if high wind speeds from a hailstorm have detached the shingles of your roof, chances are that the hailstorm inflicted other sorts of damage to your roof as well.

Holes Or Dents In Your Roof

Spotting indentations in your roof’s shingles is a pretty clear way to discern that your roof has been the victim of hail damage. After all, hail pellets are solid crystals ranging from the size of a pea to the size of a golf ball- and they’re falling from thousands of feet away, with gravity accelerating their speed until they make a crash landing onto your roof. Such a trajectory carries more than enough force to cause a dent or a hole in your roof. In many cases, you could be able to see them simply by standing on the street and looking from a distance.

A Fallen Tree Branch On Your Roof

This one may seem pretty obvious. As mentioned in the “blown off or missing shingles” section, hailstorms often come equipped with ferocious winds that are easily capable of knocking down trees. So if a tree branch has fallen onto your roof, it’s natural to suspect that your roof has taken damage even if you cannot physically spot it beneath the tree branch. But while a tree branch sitting on your roof is certainly caused for assuming that your roof has sustained hail damage, it could also be a sign that there is additional damage that you’re not able to see. Clearly, a storm that caused a tree branch to fall had some power; what’s to say the wind didn’t remove a shingle or two before the tree fell?

In many cases, you might be able to spot the damage from a hailstorm yourself. Sometimes, though, it’s not so easy to tell. But just because you aren’t able to spot the damage yourself doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen. 

Our team of professionals at Southline Roofing is here to discover it for you- and address it. If you suspect your roof may have sustained hail damage and would like to request a roof inspection, reach out to us today!

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