What Does Hail Damage Look Like?

While spring has just arrived, we've already experienced several storms, bringing heavy rains and even some hail. While rain itself can take a toll on your roof, hail can cause some major damage. When not addressed in a timely fashion, that hail damage can lead to other roofing problems. Today's blog from your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofing company discusses hail damage and how to identify it.

Hail Damage

According to the Federal Alliance of Safe Homes, hail causes more than $1.6 billion dollars in roof damage nationwide each year. While many hail storms can be quite destructive, the amount of damage can vary greatly. In addition, hail damage is subtle in nature and may not physically cause leakage for years after a hail storm. By identifying and repairing hail damage now, you can avoid more costly repairs down the road.

Degrees of Hail Damage 

During a hail storm, the wind speed and direction can greatly affect the degree of hail damage. Changes in wind condition can affect the location and severity of hail impacts. The size and density of the individual hailstones can also affect the degree of damage. In addition, most hailstones do not have smooth edges, which can also impact the type of damage caused. Hailstones can range anywhere from pea size to softball size, and those softball sized hailstones can be dense enough and strong enough to puncture a roof. The age and condition of your Lake of the Ozarks roof can also affect the degree of damage caused by a hail storm.

Identifying Hail Damage

Hail will typically dent soft metals on your roof before it affects the actual shingles. These areas include vents, exhaust caps, skylights, etc. Check the vinyl trim around your windows and the flashing to see if you notice any hail damage. When struck by hail, different shingles react differently. Damage to asphalt shingles will look very different than damage to wood shingles. It's important to know these differences in order to identify if you have hail damage or not. Below you will find a list of what damage can look like for different types of shingles:

Asphalt & Composition Shingles 
  • Spots that are black in color 
  • Loss of granules
  • Exposed roof felt 
  • Spots that are soft to the touch
Wood Shingles
  • Splits that are brown/orange in color
  • Splits that have sharp corners or edges  
  • Splits that have little to no deterioration at the edges
  • Impact marks or dents along the splits 
Metal Shingles
  • Small indentations
  • Chipped paint 
  • Rusting

The best way to determine if your roof has experienced hail damage is to consult a professional. At Above & Beyond Roofing, we offer FREE roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks. Let us come out and take a look at your roof. We'll determine if you have hail damage, the severity of the damage and can even provide you with a free estimate on any repairs needed. Give us a call today at 573-302-0354. 

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