Posted in: Storm Damage
Hail damage may or may not be visible immediately after a storm. However, there are certain visible clues that could help you spot hail damage. If you see any of the following, contact your favorite local roofing or water damage restoration company for a closer inspection and an estimate of the damage.
Asphalt shingles are a popular roofing material throughout the country. As such, most homeowners predominantly deal with this type of roof hail damage.
Usually, hail damage reveals itself as dark spots, discoloration, chips, dings and dents on the roof shingles. However, dents on newer roofs are often hard to see because these indentations are covered by the ceramic granules that are embedded on the shingles. Often, older roofs with more granule loss show hail damage better. However, that is not necessarily a hard and fast rule and exceptions abound. Fixtures on roofs, such as skylights, turbines, flashing, gutters and vent covers can also be dented and broken after storms, further indicating hail damage.
After hail storms, granules can be seen scattering from downspouts. Moreover, granules can be sprinkled all around the perimeter of the house, loosened by hail and blown over by strong storm winds. These are major clues that the roof sustained hail damage. Hail can cause granule loss, uncovering the bare shingle and exposing it to further damage. Bare shingles are more fragile and are prone to cracking.
Severe wind and hailstorms leave their marks on roofs as holes, cracks and tears in the shingle. The integrity of the roof is completely compromised, which leads to serious water damage and leaks inside the structure. They also leave the roof vulnerable to future storms.
The roof protects structures, content and people from the elements. When its stability is questionable, the roof cannot perform as the shield it is designed to be. Leaks caused by faulty roofs lead to mold and wood rot, content destruction, wall cracks and discoloration, as well as deep structural damage that may not be evident immediately.
Hail damage will most certainly shorten the life of your roof, but it is not always easy to spot. Some hail damage may be obvious and requires immediate attention, but less severe damage may wait a year or two before roof leaks occur. That makes the timeline decision of roof repair or replacement a bit tricky. In fact, some roof damage takes years to materialize and by then, the time limit to file an insurance claim has long since expired.
Unfortunately, many less-experienced roofers have a hard time determining the exact magnitude of recent hail damage and its impact to the roof. Therefore, it is best to have well-established professional companies inspecting your roof after major storms.
Some roofing companies do not have vast experience in determining hail damage and many go out of business within a few years, so there is little continuity and accountability when things go wrong. Dalworth Restoration, however, has been in business since 1976 and has a long, unblemished track record of stability and integrity with all aspects of water damage restoration projects, both commercial and residential. Dalworth Restoration covers any and all scenarios of flood cleanup, mold remediation, content restoration, water damage removal, roof repair or replacement, and remodeling and reconstruction following storms and natural, as well as manmade, emergencies.
When you need a trustworthy, full service local company following a natural disaster, please call Dalworth Restoration for all your storm restoration needs, including roofing repair and replacement.