Hail can pose a significant threat for many residential roofs in the Austin area, and being able to identify when your roof has suffered from this type of damage can ensure that you are able to contact a roofing contractor in a timely manner to get it repaired before it leads to more significant problems for your roof down the road. If you recently had a big hailstorm (with hail that was one inch in diameter or more), here are some tips to help you find out if your roof suffered damage.
Check Vulnerable Areas
The best places to begin examining your roof for hail damage are around the soft metal (flashing) on the roof, which surrounds anything that protrudes from the shingles. That includes looking around vents, skylights, and chimneys, as well as along the ridges and valleys of the roof. Check for dings and dents that would indicate there was strong enough hail to cause damage.
Look for Places that Receive Direct Hits
The ridges, or peaks of your roofing are the places that are most likely to suffer from direct hits when hail is falling. A traditional residential roof in Austin that is sloped will likely receive glancing blows from hail along the sloped sides, but on the very top of the roof you will often get harder hits.
Check the Shingles
The shingles are the place you will be able to see the most obvious damage. It’s important to inspect the interior of each shingle, but also along the edges where it might be weaker and more susceptible to damage for signs that include:
- Large sections of missing granules that were dislodged from the force of the hail
- Bruising on the shingles, which appears as a small spot that is darker in color than the area surrounding it
- Cracks that are circular or half-moon in shape, indicating they were caused by a circular object that hit with a lot of force. A crack is a serious problem, since it indicates damage down to the matting, which could leave the shingle susceptible to water leaks in the future.
If you have regular roof inspections it makes it easier to see new damage that was caused by hail, so call an Austin roofing contractor to come over today and perform an inspection even if there hasn’t been any hail recently. If you already have the hail damage, be sure to call a roofer to come and make the repairs so you know they will be done correctly the first time.