How to Spot Hail Damage on Your Roof

Do you know how to identify hail damage on your home’s roof?

If your area was hit by a hailstorm this spring (as many were), your roof may need repair. But roof damage from hail often goes unnoticed until much later, when cracks and leaks begin to appear.

Spot Hail Damage

Hail damage isn’t always easy to spot, but you’ll have better luck if you know what to look for — and what to do about it if you find it.

Factors that Affect Hail Damage to Roofs

The type and degree of roof damage caused by a hailstorm can vary greatly. Four factors play a role in determining the level of roof damage:

  • Hail size — Small, pea-sized pellets don’t cause nearly as much destruction as heavy, softball-sized chunks.
  • Wind speed and direction — Updrafts can decrease the strength of the hail’s impact, while heavy downdrafts can drive hailstones more forcefully.
  • Rooftop materials — Different roofing materials absorb impacts differently. In addition, the age and condition of the roof can affect how much damage the hail causes.
  • Roof barriers — Neighboring homes and trees can block some incoming hail and help keep roof damage low. A layer of wet leaves on the rooftop may also reduce the impact of the hailstones.

Signs of Hail Damage

You may assume that if your shingles aren’t missing, the hailstorm wasn’t bad enough to cause roof damage. Unfortunately, that may not be the case.

When checking for roof damage, look for the following signs:

  • Loose shingle granules — Look at the collection basins at the bottom of your gutter drains. If you see what looks like a pile of tiny pebbles or sand, your roof may need repair.
  • Bruising in the shingles — Hail can create dents or depressions in the shingles, known as bruises. These bruises may not always be visible, though you can feel them if you run your hand over the roof’s surface.
  • Rooftop cracks — Large cracks are obvious, but nearly invisible hairline cracks are also a common result of hailstone strikes.

What to Do if You Suspect Hail Damage to Your Roof

A professional roof inspection is a must anytime you think you may have hail damage.

Hiring an experienced professional roofer — like Knockout Roofing — is the wisest move. Many homeowners insurance policies cover roof damage caused by hail, but the adjuster will likely require the opinion — and estimate — of a professional roofer before agreeing to pay for the repair. And insurance companies will only pick up the tab for work completed by a licensed and insured roofing contractor.

If you think hail has wreaked havoc on your roof, call to schedule your free inspection by the experts at Knockout Roofing. Our professional team can assess any roof damage and offer guidance for filing your insurance claim. To schedule an evaluation of possible hail damage on your roof, contact our Salt Lake City office today.