Roof Hail Damage

By ,  Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

 

The Basics

Hail damage can be extremely tricky to discover when the hail is small in size. However, regardless of how large or small the hail, it has been known to cause damage that will mean major trouble. Here are some methods you can use to assess the damage after a hailstorm.

Because hail comes in different sizes, the degree of roof hail damage can vary greatly.

--If the hail is small (less than 1”) the damage will likely be difficult to locate.
--If the hail is between 1’ and 2” you may be able to see the damage yourself. If you see damage, you will want to have it looked at as soon as possible to prevent further damage or problems.
--If hail is any larger than 2” your roof could have some serious damage.

 

How to Identify Roof Hail Damage

We only suggest inspecting your own roof after a hail storm if you have easy access to your roof and it is not too steep. For safety purposes, we strongly recommend calling a professional.

Roof hail damage is typically observed at several specific areas of a roof. You can begin looking for damage on any part of your roof that uses soft metal; this is where the damage will be the easiest to spot.

  • Roof vents
  • Skylights
  • Metal valleys
  • Flashing
  • Gutters

Ridges and ridge caps on a roof are also generally prone to taking significant damage during hailstorms. You can look on the ground and in your gutters for granules lost off your shingles. The loss of granules reduces the life of your roof.

By assessing all these areas, you will be able to get a feel for the degree of damage that has been done and you can make a more informed decision on whether or not to have your roof inspected by a professional.

If you just experienced a hailstorm, it’s a good idea to have your roof evaluated for hail damage. At J-Conn Roofing & Repair we are leading experts in roof leaks, roof replacement, and hail damage repair throughout the Greater Austin, TX area.

Contact us to have our professionals come out and do a Free Hail Damage Evaluation of your roof. We’ll be able to determine if you have any hail damage and the degree of damage to determine if you will need to repair or replace your roof.

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