How to Spot Hail Damage

It can sometimes be difficult to know whether or not your home has been affected by hail damage, but it’s important to spot hail damage before it leads to leaks or other serious problems. Here are some places on and around your home to check for hail damage.

On your roof
We don’t recommend getting on your roof unless you have the proper safety gear, so you should have a licensed roofing contractor check your roof for hail damage. If you have asphalt shingles, they’ll look for any shingles that are curling, bent, torn, loose or appear to be missing granules. The granules are what protect your shingles from being exposed to the sun, which can cause the layer underneath the granules to crack and cause leaks, so if they spot any shingles that are missing granules, they should be replaced before they have a chance to cause a leak or any other issues.

If you have shingles made of wood, tile, slate or another material, your contractor will look for any that appear cracked or broken. If you have a metal roof, they’ll look for dents or dings that could have been caused by hailstones.

If you notice algae or moss growth on your shingles, it may indicate that the shingle is holding moisture because it’s been damaged—by hail or otherwise.

Lastly, they should check your gutters. If you have leaf guards on your gutters, they should look for any tears or deformations in the guards and screens. If you have asphalt shingles, they should also check the gutters for shingle granules that were dislodged by hail.

On your house
Before you call a roofing contractor to take a look at your roof, there are other places on your home you can check for hail damage. One place to check are your gutters, gutter downspouts or siding. If any of these show signs of damage, it’s safe to assume your roof will, too. If you’re not sure if a hailstorm affected your home and you can’t get on your roof, checking your gutters or siding for dents, dings, cracks, paint chips or holes can help you figure out if your home was hit by hail damage. If you see any signs of water damage, including leaks, water stains, or mold and mildew, call a roofing contractor right away.

In your yard
Typically, if a severe storm has hit your neighborhood, you’ll notice the signs in your yard. Heavy winds usually accompany hail, so check your yard for any shingles or bits of shingles or tree limbs that might have come loose and blown off. Check for any damage done to exterior features in your yard, including lights, furniture, swing or play sets, a shed or other exterior building, a deck or porch,

Another way to spot hail damage on your roof is to keep up with the Joneses: If you see another home in your neighborhood having roofing work done, it could be because a hail storm was severe enough to damage the other homes in your neighborhood.

If you’re not sure if hail or another weather event has damaged your roof, contact John Beal Roofing to schedule your free storm damage inspection today or see our additional residential services.