What Does Hail Damage Look Like On A Roof?

Hero General Contracting - Roofing & Construction tells you how to tell if my roof has hail damage

Ever Wondered What Hail Damage Looks Like On a Roof?

It is estimated that hail cost $15 billion in damages per year. Forty percent of home insurance claims are filed due to hail damage. You may be wondering what a hail damaged roof looks like. There are several things that you will need to look out for. Even though the signs of roof damage are often noticeable, you may not be able to see the hail damage. That is why it is a good idea for you to have your roof inspected by a professional.

You may be wondering, “What does hail damage look like on a roof?” Several things can affect how much damage is done to your roof by hail. This includes things such as roof material, wind speed, hail size, and wind direction. If your roof has other issues, then the hail is likely to do even more damage. Here is a list of specific damages that you need to look out for.

  • Hero General Contracting - Roofing & Construction explains what does hail damage look like on a roof Granule Loss 

    The granules are a part of the shingles. They look a lot like sandpaper. If your shingles lose their granules, then the asphalt will be exposed. This can speed up the aging process. You should inspect your downspouts and gutters after a storm to see if there are granules.

  • Cracks in the Shingles 

    You should check the shingles first if you want to know if you have any hail damage. You may notice cracks in the shingles if your roof has been hit by hail. You need to have cracked shingles replaced as soon as possible because they will not effectively protect your roof.

  • Exposed Fiberglass Mat 

    Hail can damage the surface of your shingles. The shingles can also separate from the fiberglass mat.

  • Fractured Fiberglass Mat 

    It can be hard to detect fractured fiberglass with an untrained eye. However, you may notice tears and cracks in the fiberglass.

  • Weakened Self-Seal Strip 

    High winds can cause the shingles’ seal to weaken. If the seals are weakened, then your shingles are likely to blow off. Your roof is likely to develop a leak if the shingles are damaged.

How to Tell if My Roof Has Hail Damage

It is usually easy for you to spot severe hail damage. You will likely see shingles on the ground. However, if your roof has suffered minor damage, then you may not be able to see it.

You will need to inspect your gutters first. You will likely see dents in your downspouts and gutters. A damaged gutter is one of the most apparent signs of hail damage.

Gutters also tend to get clogged with damaged shingles. If your gutters are overflowing, then your roof may have suffered hail damage. You will also need to look at your siding and deck. You should have your roof inspected by a professional if there is siding or deck damage.

Hero General Contracting - Roofing & Construction explains a hail damage roof

What Size Hail Will Damage a Roof?

The hail size is one of the factors that will affect how much damage is done to your roof. Even if the hail is only one inch, it can still do a lot of damage to your roof. Here is a list of the various hail sizes and how much damage they can do to your roof.

  • 3/4 Inch Hail

3/4 inch hail is the smallest type of hail that can be measured. If the window screens, vinyl siding, and metal fascia are hit by 3/4 inch hail, they can be damaged. It can be difficult for you to see the damage that is done by hail this small.

  • 1 Inch Hail

1-inch hail can do a lot of damage to the fascia, gutters, and siding. If the winds are blowing at high speed, then the hail can do even more damage.

  • 1 1/4 inch Hail

Even though the increase is only 1/4 inch, the hail can still do significantly more damage. It doesn’t even require wind to do the damage. Your property could end up looking like Swiss cheese.

  • 1 1/2 Inch Hail

This type of hail can also do a lot of damage to your property. The length of time that the hail falls, wind speed, and the amount of hail that falls will determine how much damage is done.

  • 1 3/4 to 2 Inch Hail

If hail is this large, then it can penetrate the plastic roof vents and ridge caps. Those are the softest parts of the roof. If the wind is high, then this hail can tear the siding off of your house. It can also crack your windows.

  • 2 Inch Hail

Hail this large will inevitably do a lot of damage to your home. You will need to call a professional as soon as possible.

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