You cannot fully determine the amount of hail damage on a roof from the ground, however, there are some signs that a trained eye can point out and help determine if there may be more damage up top.
The presence of one or more of these may indicate a situation where the homeowner needs a full roof replacement instead of a simple roof repair.
Here are the key things to look for:
Dented gutters, gutter screens, or downspouts
This is not always the case, but many times, if a roof has significant hail damage up top, the gutters will have some impact damage. Be on the lookout for small impacts as well as heavy dents.
Damage to siding and windowsills/casings
You can also check the home’s siding and windowsills/casings for dents, dings or other signs of impact. If there’s significant damage to the roof, there will most likely be damage to these as well.
Damage to air conditioners or other outdoor items
As Mentioned previously, it’s important to check every area of the home for hail damage. In addition to offering a quick glance sign of further hail damage on the roof, a damaged air conditioner may qualify for insurance replacement.
Damage to decks or painted wood surfaces
Decks and other painted surfaces surrounding the home may have sustained hail damage. If you see chipped paint, it may be the result of hail impact.
Once you’re up on the roof, there are a few things to look for; chimneys, skylights, Vents, other features, and shingles need to be checked
Check out all the roof vents and pipe jacks to look for any damage. Look for dents, dings, chipped surfaces, etc.
The last, but most important thing to check is the shingles. Hail damage to roof shingles is what gets the roof replaced. You’ll never get a solid insurance claim without shingle damage. Hail damage to roof shingles can be very obvious or very difficult to uncover. It takes a trained eye to spot hail damage to roof shingles, so if you’re a homeowner and unsure, contact Royal Crown Roofing.
Hail damage can look like a few granules have come loose on the roof, There’s not necessarily a hole in the roof, you’d be surprised at the force it takes to knock the surface materials off of a shingle. When this is discovered, the integrity of the shingle has been compromised, and a water leak can develop over time. Even the smallest hail impact on a shingle can lead to a roof leak.
Now, you should have enough information to determine whether or not the home will need a roof replacement.
Here at Royal Crown Roofing we inspect and advise you on your best course of action, be it a small repair, a new roof or nothing at all, sometimes the damage can be superficial and require no work, that is why it is always best to call an expert if you’re unsure.
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