Hail can cause significant damage to your property. Sometimes hail damage is obvious, but in many cases, it can only be seen upon close inspection. After a hailstorm, it’s important to check your roof for signs of damage and to have any necessary repairs made as soon as possible before the roof begins to leak.
How Hail Can Damage Your Roof
Hail can affect different roofing materials in different ways. If a house has asphalt shingles, hail can cause the granules that cover the shingles to come loose. Wood shingles can be split or chipped by hail, slate shingles can be cracked, and metal roofs can become dented or filled with dings.
The size of the hailstones is important. Although hail of any size can cause damage, you need to be especially concerned about hail that’s 1 inch or more in diameter.
Check Other Parts of Your House for Hail Damage
If you take a quick look around the rest of your property, that can give you an indication of how severely the hailstorm affected your home. If you see dents and dings in your siding and gutters, chipped paint on your deck, or other signs of damage, it’s likely that your roof has also been impacted.
Inspect the Roof – If You Can Do So Safely
Roof damage is sometimes visible from the ground, but often it can only be seen by climbing up on the roof and taking a closer look. Even if you can detect damage from the ground, it can be hard to tell how serious it is without conducting a more thorough inspection.
Only climb on your roof if you can do so safely. This applies under all circumstances, but it’s particularly important after a hailstorm. The roof can be wet, icy, and slippery. If you’re not confident that you can climb a ladder and walk on the roof safely, don’t risk it.
Have Your Roof Inspected and Repaired
If hail fell in your area, there’s a good chance that your roof sustained damage. Even if you can’t see anything wrong when you look at the roof from the ground, there may be serious problems. It’s better to have the roof inspected now and have any necessary repairs made than to assume that things are fine, they have to deal with roof leaks later on.