How to Tell If Your Roof Has Hail Damage

Learn how to check your roof for damage after a hailstorm.

Roof InspectionWhen the hail pounds down from the sky, chances are, your first worry is for the vehicle you left parked on the driveway or in the parking lot at work. However, your second worry should be for your roof. A hailstorm can inflect devastating damage on your roof, and the sooner you catch and address it, the better.

The two main factors that affect the damage your home might sustain are the wind and the size of the hail. During a storm, the wind can change speed and direction very quickly, which can impact how the hail hits your roof. And of course, the bigger the hail, the larger the holes or dents to your roof are likely to be.

What does hail damage look like?

What hail damage looks like depends on the material that was damaged. Asphalt roofs will show random damage without any particular pattern. You might see a hint of black against the material, and if you touch it, it might feel soft or spongy, like a bruised apple. Meanwhile, material like aluminum siding, gutters, and asphalt shingles are more likely to show dents. Vinyl siding and wood might simply crack.

Will shingles be missing?

Believe it or not, hailstorms themselves don’t cause missing shingles – high winds cause missing shingles. Of course, the two can often go-hand-in-hand, which is why many homeowners assume the hail led to the missing shingles.

The most important thing to remember about hail damage, however, is that the effects build up slowly over time. You might not even realize your roof has been damaged for a year or more, by which point you’ll have probably forgotten about the hailstorm. This is why it’s so important to have a professional roof inspection after every hailstorm. The sooner damage is caught, the sooner it can be fixed. You might even be able to have the damage covered by insurance.

The next time a hailstorm strikes our area, call MEIS Roofing & Construction for an inspection right away. We’d be honored to have a look at your roof and make sure it’s good to go.