The durability of your home’s exterior and roof are made to withstand the elements and most moderate temperature fluctuations. However, in areas where turbulent weather such as severe thunderstorms or tornadoes commonly occur, it’s possible that your roof can become damaged. One major contributor to roof damage during severe weather is damage from hailstones. If your home has suffered a blow to the roof after a significant hailstorm, you may find yourself blindsided by extensive inspections and costly repairs. In this post, we highlight the types of damage you may be facing, and help you figure out how to approach repairs a hail-damaged roof as thoroughly and cost-effectively as possible.

 

Shingle Damage

Once the storm subsides and it is safe to exit the home, one of the first features you should check for hail damage on your roof’s shingles. Not all shingles are created equally, and some are much more susceptible to lifting, cracking, or detaching from the roof. Common structural signs of hail-damaged shingles include divots, bumping, and uneven distribution. Your shingles are the outermost protective and insulating layer on your roof, and it’s critical to address the replacement of damaged shingles as soon as possible. Roofing professionals can help by recommending new types of shingles, or using temporary sealants to prevent further damage until repairs can be made.

 

Gutter Damage

Another important area of your home’s exterior to check for hail damage are the gutters. When inspecting your home for damaged gutters, be on the lookout for structural signs such as large dents, cracks, or detachment from the siding. Gutters and downspouts help keep water away from your foundation.  If your gutters need to be replaced because they aren’t draining correctly, don’t postpone! You can, however, wait to replace or repair them a little longer If damages are only superficial.

 

Leaks 

After incurring damage from large hailstones, your shingles may have damaged in small areas that you may not be able to observe. Even small leaks can have an insidious effect on the internal structure of your home. External moisture entering the roof can cause serious long term damage, including wood rot and the accumulation of dangerous mold and mildew. Shingles may become weak and dislodge over time. Be sure to ask for a professional inspection of the internal and external structure of your roof directly after a major weather event involving hail. 

While it’s always a good idea to take a proactive approach to assess your roof directly after a major weather event, it’s also wise to enlist assistance from the professionals at Roof Worx. Internal and external inspections, as well as repair and installation consultations, can save you time, money, and stress after a damaging hailstorm.