While the coming of spring is a welcome relief from winter snow and cold, it does come with its own set of problems. Spring storms may not have the same bite as winter ones, but they do often bring torrential rains, damaging winds and hail. Hail damage can have a big impact on your roofing, so it’s important to know what to look for and to be familiar with your homeowner’s policy so you’ll know what your insurance will cover.
Hail damage can be tricky because there aren’t always visible signs of it. Your roof could look perfectly fine but have underlying damage that could prematurely age your roof. Unfortunately, there is no way to know this until months or even years down the road.
Any time your area experiences a hailstorm, no matter how small, it’s important to check out your roof afterward. Usually hail damage can be recognized by a random pattern of dents or cracks on the surface of the shingles. If no indentations are readily apparent on the shingles, check out the metal components of your roof like vent pipes, flashing and chimney caps. If you don’t notice any damage to the metal, then it’s likely that you’re in the clear.
Common Types of Damage
- Cracks on the surface of the shingles, which spread out from the point of impact.
- Exposed areas of fiberglass mat, where the granule-asphalt surfacing has broken away.
- Fractures in the fiberglass mat which may or may not be noticeable, and could show as the shingles age in the form of rips and cracks.
- Granule loss, which exposes the asphalt coating to the weather and could shorten the life of your shingles, often accompanies surface indentations and depressions caused by impact.
Replace or Repair?
When hail damage is extensive, there’s a good possibility that the shingles surrounding those with visible damage were damaged as well, even if you can’t see it. While a roof repair can replace individual shingles or certain planes of the roof that have been compromised, because of the difficulty of assessing any hidden damage, there is no way to guarantee that problems may not arise in the future from latent hail damage. For this reason, in many cases, a complete roofing replacement is advisable to ensure good long-term roof performance.
If your roof has suffered damage from a recent spring hailstorm, call in the experts at Muth & Company Roofing for an honest, straightforward assessment of the condition of your roof. A quick call to (614) 682-3060 is all it takes, so give us a ring today!