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Weathering the Storm: Identifying Hail and Storm Damage on Your Roof

Identifying hail and storm damage on your roof requires a thorough inspection, preferably

conducted by a qualified roofing professional. However, there are some common signs and

indicators you can look for to assess whether your roof has been damaged by hail or severe

weather. Here are some key things to look for:

1. Dented or Damaged Shingles: Hailstones can cause dents, cracks, or punctures in

asphalt shingles, leading to visible damage on the surface of the roof. Look for signs of

bruising, granule loss, or missing shingle pieces, especially in areas directly exposed to

the hail impact.

2. Cracked or Broken Tiles: If your roof is covered with clay or concrete tiles, hail impact

can cause cracks, chips, or fractures in the tiles, compromising their structural integrity

and waterproofing ability. Inspect the tiles for any visible signs of damage, such as

cracks or broken edges.

3. Granule Loss: Hail impact can dislodge the protective granules on asphalt shingles,

exposing the underlying asphalt layer to the elements. Check for areas of granule loss on

the shingle surface, which may appear as dark patches or streaks.

4. Soft Spots or Indentations: Hailstones can create soft spots or indentations in the roof

surface, particularly on asphalt shingles or wooden shakes. Gently press on the shingles

to feel for any areas that give way under pressure, indicating underlying damage.

5. Damaged Flashing and Vent Covers: Inspect the metal flashing around roof penetrations

such as chimneys, vents, and skylights for signs of dents, bends, or tears caused by hail

impact. Damaged flashing can compromise the waterproofing of these vulnerable areas,

leading to leaks and water intrusion.

6. Dented Gutters and Downspouts: Hailstorms can also cause damage to gutters,

downspouts, and gutter guards, resulting in dents, dings, or deformations in the metal

components. Check the gutters and downspouts for any signs of impact damage that

may indicate hailstorm activity.

7. Exterior Damage to Siding, Windows, and Trim: In addition to roof damage, hailstorms

can also cause exterior damage to siding, windows, and trim around your home. Inspect

these areas for signs of impact damage, such as dents, cracks, or shattered glass, which

may suggest the presence of hail damage.

If you observe any signs of hail or storm damage during your roof inspection, it's essential to

take prompt action to address the issue and prevent further damage to your home. Consider a

free inspection from Castle. We can recommend the appropriate repairs or replacement

options based on the extent of the damage. Additionally, document the damage with

photographs and contact your insurance provider to initiate the claims process if necessary.

You can schedule your free inspection now by clicking here.


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