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3 Main Spots To Inspect On Your Roof For Hail Damage

If you live in an area prone to severe weather, chances are your home has sustained some type of damage at some point. One of the most common – and costly – types of damage is hail damage. Yep, those tiny pellets of ice can cause some severe damage to your shingles. And while your homeowner’s insurance will probably cover the repair costs, it’s still a good idea to know how to spot hail damage so you can be proactive about repairs.

Sometimes the clues are easy to spot, while others are hidden in plain sight. If you’re not familiar with what to look for, it can be tough to know where to start. That’s why Dimensional Pro Roofing and Construction has put together this handy guide! So grab your coat, and let’s get started!

Gutters and Downspouts:

One of the most common places for hail damage to occur is on your roof’s eaves. This is because the eaves are some of the first parts of your roof to be hit by hail. You can check for damage by looking at your gutters and downspouts. If they’re bent, dented, or broken, then you likely have hail damage on your roof.

We recommend fixing any damage to your gutters and downspouts as soon as possible. Not only is it necessary for protecting your roof, but it’s also necessary for protecting your home from water damage.

Shingles:

The easiest way to tell if shingles have been damaged by hail is to look for missing granules. Hail can cause shingles to wear away, exposing the tar paper underneath. Another sign that the storm has damaged shingles is buckling. Buckled shingles will be curved upward and may even curl off the roof.

There are different materials of shingles, and each one reacts differently to hail. Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material, and they’re usually the most susceptible to hail damage. Wood shingles are less likely to be damaged by hail, but the damage is usually more severe when they are. Slate and tile roofs can also be damaged by hail, but it’s not as common.

Roof Vents:

Roof vents are another area to check for hail damage. They’re usually made of plastic or metal and can be cracked or dented by hail. If the vent is damaged, water could enter your home, leading to further damage.

You can prepare your roof in advance for hail season by having it inspected and repaired if necessary. It will help to ensure that your roof can withstand the force of a hail storm.

Bottom Line:

If you suspect that hail has caused damage to your property, it is critical to examine it as soon as possible. An experienced roofing contractor will assess the damage and make repairs as needed. Waiting too long to repair hail damage can further damage to your home.

Dimensional Pro Roofing and Construction offers residential roofing, storm restoration, motorized screen and shades, and more in Denton, TX.

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We would be happy to help you protect your home from the next hail storm!