How to Tell If You Have Wind/Hail Damage on Your Roof

Did you know that in a hailstorm more than just your cars are possibly prone to future repairs and damage? When hail starts pounding away, it’ll damage your roof or covering of your house as well as other valuable property. Even though hailstorms may be destructive, the quantity of damage can greatly vary. Below, we list factors affecting the type and level of damage which might be affected by a hailstorm, and a guide on how you can identify hail damage to different kinds of roofing materials and shingles. wind and hail damage to roof chattanooga tn

Wind – In a hailstorm, wind speed and wind direction may vary. Wind condition changes will affect the severity and location of hail impacts.
• Density and size – The size of hailstones will impact the level of damage, if any, to the property. A hailstone may be as large as a softball or as small as a pea. The majority of hailstones don’t have smooth edges, impacting the kind of damage they’ll cause.
• Building materials – Materials absorb impacts from hail differently. For instance, hail may cause dings in asphalt shingles, gutters, or aluminum siding, whereby it may crack wood shakes or vinyl siding. Alternatively, softball-like hailstones may be strong enough and dense enough to puncture the roof. Also, the condition and age of the roof could impact the level of damage.
• Barriers – The position of nearby structures and natural barriers, such as landscaping, tree cover, fences or surrounding homes may decrease the capability of hail causing damage.

Hail Damage to Asphalt and Composition Shingles
• Hail hits which are soft to the touch, such as the bruise on an apple.
• Asphalt and/or mat which looks shiny.
• Loss of granules, which might expose the roof felt.
• Hail hits which are a black color.
• Random damage without any discernible pattern.

Hail Damage to Wood Shingles
• Impact dents or marks alongside the splits.
• Split in the shingle which has little or no deterioration at the corners.
• Split in the shingle which has sharp edges and corners.
• Split in the shingle that’s orange/brown colored.
• Random damage without any discernible pattern.

If you have experienced wind/hail damage to your roof contact In His Hands Contractors today to come out and take a look.