The quick answer would be yes, a big resounding yes. No matter how short the hailstorm is, there is a very big chance that your roof has endured much more than what it is supposed to endure. The shingles that comprise your roof may not show signs of damage that is typical of hailstorms. However, there is what we call latent damage that is not easily seen by the naked eye. This kind of damage is what is most dangerous about hailstorms. This latent damage only accelerates the wear and tear of your roof. This latent damage also increases the risk of the roof getting smashed by the next unpredictable weather.
There are also kinds of damage that are clear after a hailstorm. If you find any of these situations on your roof after a close ocular inspection after the hailstorm, please contact a roofer as soon as possible. Due to the unpredictable nature of weather, the next hailstorm may not be that far away. It is imperative you repair and strengthen the roof as soon as the opportunity arises. This is so that your roof will last longer and that you and your loved ones will be protected from the harsh conditions of the elements.
Here are two things that you should look out first when the coast is clear and safe for a quick inspection of your roof and property.
- Loss of granules or materials. Your roof is your armor against the sun and the weather. They say that any kind of armor is as strong as its weakest link. Find out the weakest link in your roof. You can do this by taking a closer look at your roof and perhaps swipe your hand on the surface with gloves on. If you can feel or notice some materials of your shingle on the surface of your glove, then that part of the roof is damaged. While most of the homeowners will just pass it out as cosmetics, each layer of your roof or shingle plays an important role. The area that has either the most collected amounts of granules or materials or the area that has turned out the most is the weakest link of your roof.
After you have found out the weakest link, be sure to take some photos as evidence. The roofing company and your insurance company would appreciate any kind of documentation. This will also serve as a great source of information for your roofer, since the wind and the rain can wash away the said materials or granules. That way, the roofing company will be able to talk to you about plans on how to make your roof more protected.
- Fractures or exposures of the fiberglass mat. Hailstorms can rain down hailstones that are different from each other. Hailstones can vary in sizes and hardness and in an almost random pattern. Some shingles will give way after a particularly strong hailstorm. This will expose the fiberglass mat to the elements outside. That is something you do not want to happen. If the fiberglass is exposed, this means that the whole roof has to be inspected, since the latent damage is not readily apparent to the eye. Fractured fiberglass is also another concern. Fiberglass is a sturdy layer by itself. But, time is not particularly merciful on fiberglass. The fiberglass layers will experience damage. This is true especially with hailstones and the sudden changing of temperatures.
Please leave the work and repair to the professionals. Roofing can be quite a risky operation and should be handled by experts. Call a reputable roofing company, like the Bear Paw Construction and Roofing LLC, and let them do their work.