Vehicles are not the only valuable items vulnerable to potential damage during a hailstorm. Hailstorms can damage several other pieces of property, roofs included. As destructive as hailstorms can be, the degree of damage will vary depending on a variety of factors. Below are factors that can affect the level and type of roof hail damage.
Wind: The speed and direction of wind might vary considerably during a hailstorm, and these changes can affect the severity and location impacted by hail.
Size and density: During a hailstorm, the degree of damage is likely to vary depending on how big or small the hailstones are, especially since they can be as big as a softball or as small as a pea. Also, hailstones rarely have smooth edges, and this might have an impact on the type and magnitude of damage caused.
Roofing materials: Each type of roofing material absorbs the impact of hail differently. For instance, although hail will most likely cause dings in asphalt shingles and aluminum gutters, it can easily crack wood shakes and vinyl gutters. On the other hand, hailstones that are the size of a softball can be firm and dense enough to puncture your roof. The degree of damage might also vary depending on the age and status of your roof.
Barriers: The availability and positioning of impediments like adjacent structures, tree cover, fences, and landscaping might have an effect on the type and intensity of hailstorm damage.
What roof hail damage looks like
Shingles react in different ways when struck by hail, and this usually depends on their condition, type and the factors mentioned above. For instance, hailstorm damages to composition and asphalt shingles will look entirely different from damages to wood shingles. Knowing the different effects of hailstorm damage is important since it might help you determine the type of roof repair services you need. Here’s how to identify the roof hail damage impacted to different roofing materials and shingles.
Asphalt and composition shingles
• Random damages without any discernible pattern
• Black hail hits that are often soft to the touch, same as the bruise on an apple.
• Shiny asphalt or mat
• Granule loss, sometimes enough to expose the roof felt
• Random damage without any discernible pattern
• A brown or orange split in the shingle
• Dents or impact marks along the splits
• A sharp-edged split in the shingle
• A division in the shingle showing very little or no sign of deterioration at the edges
Remember, there are several other kinds of damage to shingles that you can mistake for hail damage. For instance, shingles can become brittle and acquire an aged appearance when exposed to excessive sunlight and inclement weather. Although this kind of damage is part of normal wear and tear, you might misidentify it as hail damage. When it comes to shingles, blistering, granule loss, cracking, flaking, and algae are usually considered normal wear and tear. You can also mistake mechanical imperfections and manufacturing defects for hail damage to shingles.
It’s important that you contact your local roofing expert or insurance representative as soon as possible if your roof has sustained any damage from hail.