Loveland Roofing: Article About Recognizing Hail Damage
Homeowners are often told of the damage hailstorms can cause to a roof. However, many people are unable to readily identify hail damage much less distinguish it from typically wear. The following guidelines can help homeowners identify hail damage more quickly and communicate their concerns to a Loveland roofing specialist.
Inspecting a roof immediately after a hailstorm is critical to stopping leaks before they become more severe. Homeowners who are able to visually inspect the roof on their own should do so at regular intervals. Having prior knowledge of the roof's appearance and condition will be helpful in determining whether new damage has occurred. Taking photos of the roof before a storm strikes can help homeowners remember the overall condition of their roof when comparing after a storm. Before and after photos will also be helpful in the event that an insurance claim is filed. When examining the roof, paying close attention to the gutters may reveal the presence of damage. Gutters that were empty before a storm, but are full after the storm passes, are often evidence of roof damage.
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Noting the duration of the storm, hail size and wind direction may be very helpful when looking for damage later as all these factors will likely have a role in determining the extent and location of the damage.
The process of looking for hail damage should begin with looking for large amounts of mineral granules on the gutters or on the ground. When looking directly at asphalt shingles, areas of lost granules will be readily identifiable. More severe granule loss tends to occur on roof slopes that face the direction from which the storm winds approached. Shingles that lose granules as a result of a hailstorm have irregular patterns of granule loss. In contrast, shingles that lose granules due to normal aging have very small spots that may appear to be missing only a few mineral granules. Over time, these micro spots gradually grow larger. Therefore, a homeowner who regularly examines his or her roof will likely detect granule loss that is due to aging before it reaches the size of bare spots that are characteristic of hail damage.
Individuals who are uncomfortable accessing their roof or using a ladder may still visually inspect their roof. Missing shingles and even granule loss can be observed by walking around the house and using binoculars to get a close up view of the roof. If a homeowner believes hail damage may have taken place, the very next step should be to call a roof repair contractor before the shingle becomes further damaged, causing the roof to leak.