Although modern roofs are sturdy and can handle the harshest weather, hail can damage your roof severely. Even the smallest hail pellets coupled with strong winds can ruin your roof.
Unfortunately, hail damage isn't always easy to spot until your roofing material begins to deteriorate. Sometimes your roof only needs repairs to restore its functionality. But if the damage is extensive, you may need to install a new roof altogether.
Check out the three most unmistakable signs of roof hail damage you should watch out for.
Dented Siding, Gutters, or Downspouts
You shouldn't climb your roof to inspect hailstorm damage because you can slip and fall if you're not sure how to navigate. Fortunately, several safe ways are available to tell if your roof sustained damage.
In most cases, hail damage extends to other parts of your property. For instance, if you spot dents on your metal gutters or outdoor air conditioning unit, the chances are that you have roof damage as well.
Other surefire signs of hail damage are dents and cracks on downspouts and gutter screens. Also, check your siding for paint chips, splatter marks, dents, and holes. Hail can also scratch the paint on your gutter guards, so be sure to check there too.
Prolonged exposure to elements can make your roof shingles crack. To identify cracks, run your hands over your shingle roof. Hail hits the surface and gives the asphalt shingles a somewhat rough feel. If your roof has wooden shingles, you'll notice a brown or orange split or a split with sharp corners and edges.
Additionally, hail can knock free your roof shingles. Although tile roofs are durable and robust, hail can crack, chip, or displace them. In all these instances, your roof needs professional repairs to replace the damaged shingles and restore your roof's structural integrity.
Bruising and Bubbles
Roof bruises evidenced by pockmarks and minor dents indicate hail damage. These bruises are not always easy to detect. Oftentimes, you can only find bruises by touch. A bruised shingle feels soft, just like a bruised apple.
Minor bruising doesn't pose an immediate danger. However, if you gently press down a bruise and notice a give, shingles deterioration is underway. It's only a matter of time before water leaks into your roof.
Do you notice uneven bubbles on your roof? If so, you definitely have hail damage. Bubbling occurs when the roof surface becomes uneven as if the surface has air bubbles under it.
If your roof or home sustains hail damage, prompt repairs are crucial for the best protection when hail strikes. Don't forget always to inspect your roof and home every time a storm passes to catch any issues early. For more information, contact a service such as Twin City Roofing Construction Specialists, Inc.