After a big storm, you might notice some strange dents and dimples on your roof. Those are likely signs of hail damage. If you have a concern, it's important to inspect your roof as soon as possible after the storm in order to identify any potential hail damage before it has time to worsen. Here are some tips for inspecting your roof for hail damage.
Spot Shingle Damage
Look for fractured, cracked, or missing shingles. Also, check for blistering of the granules on asphalt shingles and loose material from the shingle surface.
This means you might have to get closer to examine your shingles. You might even want to use a ladder so you can get an even better look, or you can call a professional to inspect the shingles.
Inspect Metal Components
Hail damage can cause dents and scratches on exposed metal components of your roof. This includes vents, chimneys, and skylights.
It might be hard to spot damage to these metal parts. Small dents are most common, but you should also look for scratches, discolorations, and any other signs of damage.
Check Gutters and Downspouts
Hail can cause serious damage to gutters and downspouts. Make sure that your gutters remain firmly attached to the home. Hail can dislodge these parts upon impact.
Also check for dents, scratches, and holes in the gutter system. They could indicate that your gutter system has holes and other issues that could become bigger the next time a storm hits.
Look for Indents in Siding and Windows
Lastly, take a look at your siding and windows. Hail can leave indents or dings on the siding of your home. It might be hard to spot them from the ground, so you'll have to get up close to find any potential damage.
You should also check your windows for any signs of impact or broken glass. If the hail was strong enough, it could have shattered your window panes.
Contact a Roofing Professional to Assess Hail Damage
If you've identified any hail damage on your roof or home exterior, it's important to contact a professional roofing contractor right away. They can assess the damage and provide you with a repair estimate.
A professional inspection will also help determine if any of the hail damage is covered by your homeowner's insurance policy. If you aren't sure if you have coverage, contact a roofer to learn more.
For more information, contact a company like Liberty Exteriors LLC.