Think You Have Hail Damage? What To Do After A Recent Hailstorm

If hail just rained down on your home, your first thought may be about the potential damage that it caused to the roof of your home. You'll want to head outside and perform a roof inspection as soon as possible so you can assess the damage and figure out if you need to make repairs. Here are a few things you should do when looking for damage.

Inspect All Metal

You'll want to start by looking at any metal on your roof for damage. You will likely have metal flashing that is installed around chimneys, vents, and other items that are installed around the roof. Metal flashing can become loose and start allowing water to get underneath your roofing material in some situations. There can also be dents in gutters that cause water to leak through and get to your roof's fascia boards.

Another metal piece of your roof that can become damaged is the metal ridge cap. This piece sits at the very top of the roof and helps distribute zinc over the surface when it rains, which will help kill mold before it forms on your roof. The metal ridge cap may become damaged from the hail, which allows water to get underneath it, or the ridge cap may be dislodged so that it cannot evenly distribute the zinc when it rains.

Inspect Your Shingles

Asphalt shingles are likely to become damaged in a few ways. The most obvious one is that hail can cause cracks in the roofing material that will allow water to get underneath it. Cracks are hard to identify unless you get close to the roofing material, since a piece may be perfectly flat on the roof but have damage caused to it. Missing shingles are a bit more obvious and will need to be replaced immediately.

Another way asphalt shingles can become damaged is through missing granules on the surface, which can become dislodged due to the impact of the hail. You'll want to look in the gutters and see if there is a lot of granules collected in the gutters, or at the bottom of your downspouts. If there are granules, look for asphalt shingles with bare surfaces, which are an indication that they may need replacement with new material.

If you need help performing a roof inspection or repair, reach out to a local roofing contractor like Queston Construction Inc that can do it all for you. It's the best way to ensure the job is done safely and correctly.