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Thunderous thumping, loud popping, and clattering on the streets—there is no mistaking a hailstorm as it blankets your neighborhood in a slushy coat of ice. But when a powerful thunderstorm drops a burst of hail, the impact can be felt on more than your ears. Hailstorms can, unfortunately, wreak havoc on your roof. While the damages may not be obvious at first, hail damage can cause subtle leaks which can lead to extensive damage down the road.

If you’ve experienced a hailstorm, you should have your roof inspected by a professional roofing contractor to identify any issues and protect your home from future damage. A leaky roof isn’t the only sign of serious hail damage. Here’s what you should look for if you think your roof has sustained damage from a hailstorm.

How should I assess my roof for hail damage?

After a hailstorm, daring homeowners may be tempted to climb onto the roof and look for signs of damages. Resist the urge to perform the inspection yourself, as it is very dangerous to climb on your roof. And unless you are a professional roofer, it can be difficult to identify hail damage and determine the extent of hail damage.

Always contact a professional roofing contractor to conduct an inspection of your roof if you suspect damage after a hailstorm. Most roofing companies will perform an inspection for free.

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What are some signs of hail damage to my roof?

Although you cannot determine the amount of hail damage on a roof from the ground, there are several signs to look for, absent a leaky roof or wet attic, if you suspect you have potential roof damage related to a hailstorm.

Damage to gutters: Look for dented gutters, gutter screens, and downspouts. Hail is likely to dent and dimple the soft metals on your roof before it damages your shingles. If you observe damage in these areas, there could be damages to your roof.

Damage to siding: Look for damage to your home’s siding and windowsills. Damage will appear as dents, dings, or other signs of impact. These are all indications of a storm that was violent enough to have damaged your roof as well.

Damage to A/C unit and deck: Look for damages to other outdoor items, such as the exterior air conditioning unit, garden ornaments, fences, decks, and other painted surfaces. Indentations, dimples, and chipped paint may be the result of hail impact and could signal roof damage, too.

Damage to vehicles: Look at any vehicles that were exposed to the hailstorm. Check for small dings or dents on the body of the vehicle. If the hailstorm was strong enough to damage vehicles, your roof may have also sustained damages.

If you witness dents or cracks on your gutters, indentations and dings on your home’s siding, or damages to vehicles and other outdoor items such as air conditioning units, decks, and fencing, you should contact a roofing contractor to schedule a thorough inspection of your roof.

How does hail damage affect my roof?

When hail batters your roof, the asphalt granules on the shingles can become loose or fall off. Sometimes, the impact of the hail can crack the shingle itself. Loose asphalt granules often become separated from the shingles and will run down into your gutters, collecting in your downspouts. Larger-sized hail will show granule loss immediately, while smaller-sized hail will only loosen the granules.

Both types of damage can be very serious, since granules protect the asphalt in the shingles. Once the granules are gone, the asphalt is exposed to the elements, which can lessen the life and integrity of your roof and cause leaks that damage the interior and structure of your home.

What factors contribute to hail damage?

The severity of hail damage to a roof depends on several factors, including hail size, roofing materials, age of roof system, slope of roof, and quality of construction. Older roofs are much more susceptible to hailstorm damage. Poorly constructed roofing systems and roofing systems constructed with poorer quality materials are also more prone to damage during a hailstorm.

The severity of hail damage is rated in terms of degrees of damage and includes: bruising, granule loss, edge removal, wood splitting, and fracturing of the asphalt underlayment. An experienced roofing contractor can help you identify the extent of damages to your roof following a hailstorm.

roof with hail damage

Can previous hail damage cause my roof to leak?

Hail damage to your roof does not always cause immediate or obvious leaks. Remnants of a hailstorm can be felt by homeowners months after a significant storm, presenting the next time it rains. In fact, hail damage often goes undetected until after leaking, as shingles damaged from a hailstorm continue to deteriorate.

Following a hailstorm, inspect your interior ceiling after heavy rains for any apparent water damage several times throughout the year. Water staining on the ceiling is a good sign of roof damage. Check your attic for any leaky surprises as well.

The Best Way to Protect Your Roof

The most important thing you can do to protect your home is to contact a qualified roofing contractor after a hailstorm to thoroughly inspect your roof. While our guide provides a good place to start, some signs of hail damage are hard to identify and can lead to some serious damage in the future. This is why having a professional who can properly identify the hail damage is the best choice you can make for your home.

If you are looking for an experienced contractor you can trust, contact Impact Roofing for all your roofing needs.

What Our Customers Say...

Aaron PorterAaron Porter
16:42 28 Feb 22
I had some damage from recent wind on my roof. I was referred to Impact Roofing by a friend and have been extremely pleased with their service. They were prompt, professional and took care of my repair to avoid further damage. I would HIGHLY recommend this company if you are looking for any roofing help! I will be using them myself when the time comes to replace my roof.
I DurneyI Durney
18:07 08 Nov 21
We were in a bad spot with a leaky roof down at work but being a small business owner I can’t afford to be taken advantage of. So glad we chose PFM. Brad gave us a great deal was professional and fixed everything in a timely manner. What a blessing.
Brandon JohnsonBrandon Johnson
20:04 11 Apr 20
Like many of the homes in the area, we had some shingles blow off after being hit hard by Wednesday evenings storm. There was not an excessive amount of damage, but enough that we needed some minor repairs.I spoke with a couple of different companies on Thursday. While they were friendly, their main objective was to take a deposit to put a tarp on my roof and try to get my insurance company involved.While considering the options I noticed PFM Roofing was completing a job just up the road, so I stopped off to talk with Rusty and his crew. They were happy to speak with me and look over some photos I had taken of the damage. After a short conversation he quoted me a reasonable amount to complete the repairs, and even better told me he could have it done the next day. Sure enough, today they showed up to replace the missing shingles and nail down any other shingles that had been raised by the storm.Overall it was a great experience. If you are in the same boat and have some roof damage that needs worked on it is worth your time to give these guys a call!
David GrovesDavid Groves
17:56 06 Jan 20
We called PFM to come repair the repair made by a less reputable company. I had some questions so the owner promptly reached out to me and took plenty of time to address them one by one. I could tell he takes great pride in his company's work and wants his customers to be 100% satisfied. Would highly recommend to anyone in need of professional roofing services.
Informed ConsumerInformed Consumer
21:26 23 Jun 19
PFM Roofing did a whole new roof for me. Competitive Price, Excellent Team, No problems, great people. Professional, respectful, courteous. On-time, kept me informed throughout the whole process. Well-spoken. Top-notch service and workmanship, excellent results, awesome cleanup! Brad and Chance are real Pro's! I highly recommend them for your Roofing job.
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