With so many regions of the world being prone to unpredictable weather, hail damage commonly causes all kinds of problems for property owners. However, despite the widespread nature of hail damage, many people still aren’t sure how to determine whether their own roofs have suffered. Read on to learn more about how you can determine whether your home has been damaged by hail.
Dents and Damage to Window Sills and Siding
While many people think of putting up a ladder and heading straight for the roof to check for signs of hail damage, you don’t want to neglect the building elements that sit closer to ground level. Outdoor window sills, shutters, and the siding of the building also take a beating when a hailstorm passes through, so these are all areas you’ll want to check for signs of impact.
Dents, busted corners, and chipped paint can all serve as telltale signs of hail damage, especially in conjunction with similar damage done to roofing materials. More severe damage such as cracks that compromise the structure of the window casings are also dead giveaways of hail impact.
Cracked and Bruised Shingles
At SPS Roofing, we know that hail damage can compromise the protective barrier of your roof, increasing the risk of leaks, water damage, and accelerated deterioration of roofing materials. As such, it’s important to keep an eye out for one of the most troublesome and common signs of hail: bruising and cracking in the shingles.
If you see granules missing from the asphalt on your shingles, then they might have been damaged by hail. The site of hailstone impact may also show dents or visible cracks, and the structure of the shingle will be softer and weaker.
Dents in Metal Roofing Components
Metal roofing elements such as vents, flashing, or gutters are prime places to check for evidence of hail damage. Softer metals are bound to take more damage from hailstones than harder ones do, so try to scope out as many different elements as possible.
By checking the metals parts of your roofing for the circular dents that indicate hail damage, you can also formulate a good guess as to how large the hailstones were. This can indicate how severely damaged other parts of the roof might have gotten, and also help pinpoint the impact intensity that you might want to prepare for in the future.
Dents and Dings on Outdoor Surfaces
Outdoor features such as air conditioning units and mailboxes are good places to check for signs of hailstone impact. Similarly to metal elements on the roof, these once-smooth metal surfaces can clearly showcase the dents that form as a result of hailstone strikes.
Another sure sign of hail damage is a smattering of dents in your outdoor wooden surfaces. Patio floors and railings are key places to check for dents or gouges in the wood, which can indicate the extent and severity of the hail damage. If outdoor surfaces are painted, then chips, dents, or cracks in the paint can also help you determine how much hail damage the building has taken.
Hail damage can compromise the longevity of a building by making it prone to leaks and faster deterioration of the roof and siding. Use these common signs to identify whether you have hail damage, and get a head start on improving your home.