What is Hail?
Hail is formed when frozen water drops are lifted by wind during severe thunderstorms. Hail stones can increase in size as they fall from the sky. Hail can be as small as a pea or as large as a golf ball or even a baseball.
How hail damages your roof
The type and amount of roof hail damage caused depends on several factors including the size of the stones, wind direction, the pitch of your roof as well as roof type and roofing material. A key determinant in the amount of damage caused by a hail stone is the angle in which the stone hits the roof shingle. If there are two houses with identical shingles, side-by-side, where the roofs face different directions or are pitched differently, they will not necessarily have the same roof hail damage.
When you have the right combination, or in this case the perfect “storm” of factors that cause the hail stone to pound directly on the shingle with minimal deflection, it can cause the greatest damage to the roof. You may notice small dimples or blisters in your roof’s shingles. In many cases if you have asphalt roof shingles, small granules will loosen and be evident in your downspouts. It is also recommended that you inspect your gutters or other aluminum or metal objects around your home. It may be easier to see the dimples created by the hail on these surfaces. If you notice small dents in your gutters or on other aluminum components of your roof, you have reason to be concerned.
Concealed Roof Hail Damage
Even if you don’t notice any water damage on the inside of your home after the storm, that does not mean your roof was not compromised by the hail. It is possible that the storm has reduced the effective life of your roof’s shingles. The shingle may degrade sooner than normal. This, at a minimum will reduce the life of your roof, and can lead to unexpected leaks which can be more costly to repair.
Consult with a Roof Hail Contractor
If you were in the path of the storm and you believe you have evidence of hail damage, it is suggested that you consult with a local roof contractor who specializes in roof hail damage. A good roofer who is trained in identifying hail damage will inspect your roof free of charge.