Discovering Hail Damage to Your Home

Here in the Midwest, thunderstorms are often accompanied by hail. Many Lake of the Ozarks roofs and homes are damaged by hail each year. Hailstones that are 0.75 inches (the diameter of a penny) or greater are large enough to cause substantial damage to not only homes, but also vehicles and other property. Sometimes hail damage is difficult to detect. Just because there's no visible damage and your roof isn't leaking, doesn't mean that the hail damage isn't there. Many homeowners don't discover major roofing damage until years down the road.

Roof Hail Damage    

When it comes to hail damage, your roof is the most susceptible part of your home. Damaged shingles may allow water to seep through the roof causing additional damage to the roof deck, support structure, interior walls or windows. Leaking roofs can lead to costly damages, especially because insurance companies have strict time limits on submitting claims after hailstorms. If you suspect hail damage to your home, be sure to contact your Lake of the Ozarks roofing company to schedule an inspection. Each type of shingle is affected differently by hail. Let's take a look at it:
  • Asphalt Shingle Damage - Hail damage to asphalt shingles will look like a dark spot or bruise, and the granules will have been knocked away. If you suspect hail damage to your asphalt roof, check the gutters for accumulated granules. In some cases, you may find holes, cracking or missing shingles. All of these things can lead to leaking and serious water damage, which eventually could cause a roof collapse. If the hailstorm is accompanied by severe winds, you may find shingles or sections of the roof missing altogether.    
  • Tile Shingle Damage - While tile shingles outperform asphalt shingles, they're not impervious to storm damage. Severe hail can crack or break tile shingles. Again, severe winds can rip of tile shingles, leaving the underlayment exposed.  
  • Shake Shingle Damage - Hailstorm damage to shake shingles can include cracking splitting and leaking. If you have shake shingles and have been hit by a heavy storm, you should have a free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks performed as soon as possible. 

Siding Hail Damage

In addition to your roof, be sure to inspect your siding after a hailstorm has occurred. Siding damage often results from wind-driven hail. The three most common signs of vinyl siding damage you should look for include cracking, chipping and holes.
  • Cracking - Look for splits or cracks that run parallel to the siding, often in half-circles. They're most often found mid-way ebtween the valley and ridges of the panel. 
  • Chipping - Look for small pieces of siding that has been broken off. Typically this will be in the shape of a half-circle at the bottom of a siding panel ridge, where the siding has no inward flexibility to absorb a direct hit. This type of damage is best seen when looking up from underneath a panel section. 
  • Holes - With severe storms, siding can actually break or holes can be punched into the siding by large hailstones and flying debris. If your siding is broken or has holes, it is no longer protecting your home from the elements and needs to be inspected as soon as possible. 

Above & Beyond Roofing is here to help with all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing and siding needs! We have been serving the Lake area since 2004. Our staff has more than 100 years' combined experience in the roofing industry. Contact us today at 573-302-0354 to schedule a free roof inspection or roof repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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