The severity of hail-storm damage to your roof will vary depending on factors such as wind intensity, hailstone size and the roof materials. But it’s better to check your roof for any signs of damage after a hail storm, regardless of its intensity.
Timberland Exteriors, a company offering residential roofing services, recommends looking for the following signs:
On asphalt and composition shingles
Black hail-shaped and soft-to-the-touch dents
Shiny asphalt or malt
Exposed roof felt due to the loss of granules
On Wood Shingles
Brown or orange cracks or splits in the shingle that have sharp corners and edges
Dents near the splits
For both types of shingles, keep an eye out for algae or moss growth as well as dented gutters and downspouts.
However, it is easy to mistakenly identify an aged shingle with a few cracks as the casualties of a hail storm when, in fact, it could have been the result of wear-and-tear from prolonged exposure to the sun and rain.
If you do plan to check for signs of damage on your roof yourself, take safety precautions. Or better yet, you can call a professional to do it for you. And if you’re not sure, it’s better to play it safe and call a firm specializing in hail storm damage restoration.
Water Leaks and Mold
The external damage to the shingles is just one part of the problem though. The real problem starts when water starts to seep into the punctured layer of tar paper under the shingles. This then leads to water leaks, which can in turn result in mold.
So check for the following signs within your house.
Mold on the wall and the ceiling
Water stains on the ceiling or the wall, near light fixtures and in closets and the garage
And if there’s damage to your backyard and your house’s ground level, there’s a good chance the upper level might have sustained worse damage.
On Your House’s Lower Exterior
Damaged sidings, windows and door screens
Dents in air conditioner condensers, outdoor furniture, play sets, pool equipment and vehicles
Chipped decks or fencing
Splatter marks on the driveway
Rot on wood surfaces
If you do find any of these signs, call an exterior remodeling contractor like us right away to have your roof fixed.
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