Hail is one of the most damaging weather conditions that could cause accidents and injuries. In addition, it can damage your property – most especially your roof which is one of your biggest and most important investments. While it does keeps you safe during these types of weather, you can’t be too sure it’s sturdy enough for the next onslaught.
If you live in a place where hail storms are common, you should talk to a roofing contractor about the best and possibly the sturdiest type of roof that works well in such an environment. It’s also essential to check your roof after a hail storm to monitor its condition.
That said, here are the most common signs of hail storm damage.
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Check the surface
The easiest way to determine if there’s been an extensive hail damage is to check the surface. If you see bruises and dark spots on your shingles, it’s a big sign that the granules have been displaced.
In addition, curling shingles are also a big sign and something you shouldn’t just ignore. This could signify that they were lifted by the winds and could easily fall apart if not repaired. However, be reminded that you shouldn’t go up your roof to check these damages as it’s rather dangerous if you don’t have the right equipment and gear.
These types of damages need further checking by professional roof contractors. In the case of missing granules, they might have to replace the damaged shingles. For curling shingles, they can apply cement on it and press it down until it’s secure enough and tightly in place.
Dents in the gutter
Dents in the gutter are also a huge sign of damage and can be easily seen without even having to use a ladder. Normally, the gutter is among the most vulnerable to hail storms and takes a lot of beating.
When ignored, these dents could cause water damage when the water spills on the sides rather than flowing smoothly to the downspouts. Water overflows and normally enters your ceilings and walls and cause rotting and further damage.
When you see a dent in the gutter, call your roofing company as soon as possible.
Interior Water Damage
Water damage within your home is also a sign that your roof has acquired damaged and has already let the water in. If you see any of these after a hail storm, it’s highly likely your roof got battered during that time:
- Mold formation and growth – This happens when water leaks into your home and moisture are in the air.
- Water leaks – Unexpected water leaks appear and this might water has gotten inside from the broken shingles or the dented gutters.
Once these signs appear, investigate the cause of the problem within your own home and call your trusted roofing company to help you repair the roof.
Your roof protects you and your family from harsh weather conditions like hail storms. However, it still has a limitation and a lifespan that is often cut to half due to damages from these types of weathers. To make sure it continues shielding your family, maintain it and always be on the lookout for possible damages you need to repair.