Posted on: 8 September 2018Share
A hail storm can do a lot of damage to your home and property. Your roof is particularly vulnerable since it is fully exposed to the hail strikes. It's always best to have your roof inspected after a hail storm even if you don't see any obvious damage from the ground. Here's how hail damages an asphalt roof and the process of having repairs done.
Hail Can Ruin Shingles
Hail hits a roof with enough force to cause significant damage to various building materials. Hail dents metal and cracks tile and wood roofing. Damage to asphalt shingles is a little different. The hail knocks off the top layer of asphalt granules as well as causing cracks. Cracks and damaged shingles might cause leaking right away, but it's also possible that a hail-damaged asphalt roof won't start leaking until much later.
When the roof loses granules, the shingles age much more quickly and leaks can develop when you least expect it and cause water damage before you know there's a problem. For that reason, asphalt shingle roofs are often replaced entirely if there is widespread damage.
Signs Of Hail Damage On Your Roof
It may be difficult to notice hail damage on asphalt shingles if you don't know what to look for. The roof may look like it's covered with spots or bruises in places where hail knocked off the granules. Right after the storm, the bruised spots are shiny, but they'll dull as they age.
That's how an insurance inspector can tell if hail damage is new or old when determining if you have a claim. While damage to asphalt shingles may be hard for you to determine, you can usually spot hail damage to metal flashing, vents, and gutters easily due to the dents in the metal.
The Process Of Repairing Your Roof
You should have your roof inspected right away after the storm has passed. You don't want to wait just because you think your roof isn't damaged or you could end up waiting too long and miss the chance to file an insurance claim.
Even if your roof is new, the warranty may not cover hail damage, so you'll probably need to turn to your insurance company for help if you need a new roof. The process of going through the inspection and filing the claim could take several weeks, especially if hail roof repair services and insurance agents are very busy after a storm.
If your roof is leaking, you may need to cover it with a roof tarp until the process is complete and work on the roof can begin. Putting on the new roof only takes a matter of days and may require tearing off the old shingles, repairing the deck, and putting on new shingles so the worry of leaking from the hail damage can be eliminated.