During a hailstorm, your roof takes a beating—literally. It’s important to make sure that it wasn’t damaged. To help you make that call, our roofing experts here at Maycon Construction Services put together some tips on how to tell if your roof has hail damage.
If your roof didn’t fare so well, we’re happy to help. We offer quality hail damage roof inspections, re-roofs and roof repair in Huntington, WV, and the surrounding areas. We will work with your insurance to get the roof restorations you deserve! Call us at (304) 208-8978.
How Bad Was the Storm?
The size of the hail and the severity of the storm are the best indicators of the possibility of roof damage. Generally, if hailstones are 1″ or larger, you can expect there to be some hail damage to your roof. Here’s a rough guide of what you can expect:
Up to 1″ Hail
Though small, hail up to 1″ can still damage gutters, dent metal flashing, and dislodge the granules on asphalt shingles. If you see black bruising on your shingles or have white impact marks on a metal roof, give us a call. We’ll send someone to assess the potential damage.
1″ – 1½”
At larger sizes, hail can damage the underlayer of shingles, tear or split shingles, and may even dislodge them from your roof. A metal roof may look pockmarked with dings and dents.
1 1/2″ – 2″
Once you start getting larger than 1 1/2,” hail may begin piercing through flashing, vent covers, and exhaust pipes or crack skylights. At this size, hail can also tear shingles off your roof.
Larger Than 2″
With hailstones larger than 2″, and you can expect severe damage to your roof. It’s best to get in touch with our team right away before the elements cause further damage. The slightest bit of moisture can lead to issues with mold and mildew.
Keep in mind that wind speed also affects the probability of damage. Even smaller hailstones can cause significant damage at high enough wind speeds.
Other Indicators Your Roof May Have Hail Damage
It’s not always easy to get up on your roof to check for damage after a hailstorm. By studying other areas outside your home, you can get a good idea if there’s possible hail damage to your roof.
We recommend checking your:
- Air conditioner
If you see any damage to these areas of your home, there’s a good possibility you have roof damage as well.
Effects of Hail Damage to Roofs
While large-scale damage like torn or lost shingles is a blatant invitation for water into your home, minor damage also has a lasting effect on your roof. Take care of any damage to your roof as soon as possible. Doing so will ensure that no further damage occurs to your roof system or home’s structure.
Asphalt Shingle Granule Loss
While it may just look cosmetic, the loss of any granules on your asphalt shingles is serious. It can lead to premature shingle aging as the shingle’s base is exposed directly to the elements, leading to cracks in the shingle.
Cracks in shingles can allow water to seep into the fiberglass mat underneath. In most cases, this will lead to roof leaks over time and more extensive damage to the sub-roof.
Dented or Loose Flashing
Flashing protects the seams of your roof from unwanted water intrusion. Its purpose is to pool water and direct it off your roof. Any damage to your flashing could allow water to bypass your shingles and leak directly into the structure of your roof.
Broken or Lost Sealing
Your roof’s seals are another way to prevent water from entering at the seams. Seal deterioration will lead to water damage, though not as quickly as damaged flashing.
Suspect Hail Damage to Your Roof?
It’s not always easy to tell if your roof has hail damage—especially if the damage is minor. Yet, even minor damage can have significant implications as time goes on.
If you’re in the Huntington, WV, area, our team at Maycon Construction Services can help you assess whether your roof has hail damage and provide quality repairs if necessary. Call us at (304) 208-8978 for an inspection today.