In some cities, Hail is common. It could happen not just during the cold seasons, but even on a warm crisp summer day. One day you’re enjoying a nice barbecue in your backyard, the next, you and your house are being pelted by hailstones the size of marbles and golf balls. If not for the roof above your head, you’d have more than just a concussion.
In modern times, our roofs are manufactured in such way that it would deter the elements, be it scorching heat, pouring rain, whipping winds, or smashing hail. Eventually, your roof will succumb to the wear and tear, and the next hailstorm could be the one that punches a hole in it. Surprisingly, what really causes the damage is not the hail itself, but the small damages it makes that gives way to moisture and water to leak in. What are these small damages you should look out for after a particularly heavy hailstorm?
It’s worth noting that since the damage can be small, it cannot be fully spotted on the ground. Some of them may have you climbing your roof, so practice caution.
If You’re Using Shingles, Watch out for the following:
- Granules on your gutter or on the lower parts of the roof. Granules mean that the protective coating in some of your shingles is damaged, revealing the mineral layers. All it takes is one good ice chunk to punch a hole in them.
- Any discoloration, shiny spots or black spots. Discoloration means the top coating of your shingles is either eroding or chipping off. These early signs could mean that the overall integrity of your roof is compromised and you need to start repairs. Alternatively, you can utilize your warranty or insurance.
- Any shingle that’s out of alignment. This means the shingle could get torn off or cracked when the wind blows, or a sizable chunk hits it. One blown shingle is all it takes to cause leaks which can cause havoc on certain insulation. Replace or repair these as you see them.
- Cracks of any kind. Especially on wooden shingles. Whenever the protective layer is broken, the insides are vulnerable not just to hail, but alternating temperatures and moisture that could cause it to erode.
If You’re using Metal Roofing or similar, take note of the following:
- Streaks and parts where the surface is chipping. Normally, metal roofing is ideal against hailstorms, but wear and tear can take its toll. Streaks mean the outer cover is torn off and the inner metal could erode under the elements.
- Dents and bumps. This is where some metal roof owners have long discussions with their warranty or insurance. It’s not uncommon for a metal roof to get a dent. Insurance agents would often state that the damage is only “aesthetic” and not “functional.”
These are the early signs that your roof needs attention. You can either repair them out of your own pocket or seek help from your insurance or warranty. In the end, what matters is that you prevent damage in the long run. As they say, “Prevention is better than Cure.”