Hail Damage: Everything You Need to Know

April 17, 2020

When thunderclouds come rolling into your town, do you take the steps to protect your home? Even though in 2017 there were over 6,000 hailstorms, some people don’t stop to think that there might be hail damage to their roofs.

So what is hail damage and how do you recognize it? Keep reading to find out all you need to know.

Hail Damage: A Quick Guide

Hail damages thousands of homes every year, costing homeowners several thousands of dollars in damage.

Are you unsure about spotting hail damage to a roof? Here are some key factors to remember and look for.

What Does Hail Damage Look Like on A Roof?

Most people easily identify hail damage to their vehicles. But is it that simple to find it on a roof?

When looking for hail damage on your roof, the damage is usually spotty and random. There is discoloration on the shingles (think black or brown depending on the color of your shingles), and markings of damage like dents or cracks, and granule loss.

Shingles may be weak or lose, or possibly falling off completely. Wood shingles may even splint in two parts and asphalt shingles could appear as if they’re bruised.

Your gutters and downspouts are a key indicator of roof damage from hail. If your gutters and downspouts show damage, it’s highly likely your roof suffered from hail as well.

How Bad is It?

The extent of the damage is going to depend on several factors.

First, the type of roofing you have will impact the damage. Different shingles will respond to damage in a variety of ways.

Second, the size of the hail matters. Most hail size ranges from quarter size to the size of a tennis ball. If the hail was significantly large, you could need extensive repairs. But if it’s on a smaller scale, you could walk away with a few dings.

Another factor is the severity of the storm. In Oklahoma, the wind in thunderstorms can be unpredictable at times and directly impacts how and where the hail pounds your roof. The stronger the storm, the greater the possibility of damage.

Why Worry About Hail Damage on Your Roof?

At first, you might think that a couple of dents or bruises to your roof is no big deal. However, if left untreated, it can compromise the health of your roof. Things like leaks, mold, rotting shingles, electrical problems and all possible outcomes of ignoring severe hail damage.

Is it Repairable?

The good news is that hail damage is repairable! But how much hail damage to replace a roof?

Repairing your roof from hail damage depends greatly on the severity of the damage. In some cases, replacing a few shingles is necessary, but for roofs with considerable damage, more work is needed.

Do You Need Help With Hail Damage?

Hail damage to your roof is something you don’t want to overlook. If you think you might have hail damage, contact a professional today to get a complete assessment.

At Bailey’s Roofing, we are experts at identifying hail damage. Contact us today!

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