What You Should Know About Hail Damage Caused To Your Home's Roof


Storms used to be an exciting time for you as a kid. You'd look out the window and look at the crazy weather that was happening outside your home. As a homeowner, these storms are now frightening as you worry about the damage that they are causing to your home. This is especially true when it comes to hail damage, which can cause a lot of problems with your roof. Here is what you should know about about hail damage.

Wood Shingle Damage

Wood shingles have their own unique kind of damage that you need to be aware of. The impact of large hail can eventually cause a crack to appear in the surface of the wood shingle. This can allow water to get into the shingle and cause it to rot from the inside. During the winter, water can seep into the crack and freeze, which will accelerate how fast the shingles become damaged. You'll need to contact a roofing contractor to repair these cracked shingles or potentially replace them entirely if they are beyond the point of repair. 

Asphalt Shingle Damage

Any home with asphalt shingles can have a lot of damage caused by a hail storm. You'll notice that there are granules on the surface of the shingles that can easily become dislodged from hail damage. Those granules will collect in your gutters or even pile up under a downspout as proof of the damage. If you climb up a ladder and take a closer look, you may notice that the asphalt shingles look a bit bare since the granules are now missing. You'll need to consider replacing the bare shingles with new material so that you have better protection from the sun on your roof. 

In addition, asphalt shingles can have indentations on the surface where the shingles look bruised. These may not seem like a big problem, but the broken surface of the shingles can cause the material to deteriorate faster. Those spots may dry out and crack faster than the other shingles that are still in decent condition.

Hail Damage Factors

Simply having a hail storm may not be enough to cause damage to your roof. Look at how fast the wind is blowing during the storm and how large chunks of hail actually are. High winds and large hail can combine to create some serious damage to a roof that is worth having a professional inspection to identify damage. 

For more information, contact a company like Select Exteriors.


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