How To Identify Hail Damage on Your Roof

It’s raining cats and dogs outside and the hail is ranging in size from a nickel to a baseball. Sometimes the hail damage to your roof can be pretty obvious, but the small and nondescript damage is what can really wreak havoc on your roof long term since it’s less obvious. It takes a trained eye to look for the little signs of damage. After a hailstorm, the first thing you should do is call Berlet Roofing for a free no-obligation inspection. We can see how much damage you might be dealing with, and we are the local experts in repairing hail damage to your roof.

Where to Look for Hail Damage

Your gutters are always your best friend when it comes to identifying any roof damage caused by hail for two reasons. First, hail can ding your actual gutter and drainage pipe. If you have dents and damage here, the likelihood that damage has occurred on your roof is very high. Second, hail damage tends to remove granules from your shingles. These tiny particles accumulate in your gutter and down spurts. Gutters will that are overflowing and clogged due to granule loss are definitely a strong indication your roof has hail damage. Your gutter is the easiest place for an untrained eye to see and quickly assess signs of roof damage, and the best place to start when you suspect damage after a storm.

The next place to check out is the exterior of your home, such as your deck and siding. These are both examples of areas that are easier and safer for homeowners to assess themselves, and if they are damaged, your roof will definitely have damage too. Any hail damage on your siding or deck means it’s time to call Berlet Roofing to safely and accurately inspect your roof.

What Does Hail Damage on your Roof Look Like?

Different types of shingles can react differently when damaged by hail. Hail damage to asphalt and composition shingles can differ in appearance from hail damage to wood shingles. Knowing what the different damage marks can look like is important to help you know if your roof actually has hail damage.

In general, the actual marks that are left behind from hail range. Your roof can have small black-ish dots, granule erosion, bruised shingles, shingles that are broken or half missing, tears at end of the shingle, splits in the shingle, and impact marks and dents. Your roof can bruise just as easily as you can, and the marks look similar.

Hail Damage on Asphalt and Composition Shingles

  • Random spots of damage with no pattern
  • Black marks
  • Granule loss
  • Shiny asphalt and/or mat
  • Hail hits that are soft to the touch, like a bruised piece of fruit

Hail Damage on Wooden Shingles

  • Random spots of damage with no pattern
  • A shingle that is brown or orange in color that’s also split
  • A shingle that has sharp corners and edges and is split
  • A shingle that has no other signs of deterioration but has an impact mark
  • A shingle that has an obvious sign of impact along with a split

Hail damage to your roof can range greatly in appearance. Knowing what to look for is key in understanding if your roof has sustained any damage from hail. If you suspect that your roof has been damaged recently, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Berlet Roofing is your local roofing expert and we’ve got you covered.