How Does Hail Damage a Roof?

If you’ve been through a severe storm recently, you may be concerned about the integrity of your home’s roof and siding. Hail can cause some of the most severe storm damage to your home, and may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. Here’s a look at what hail can do to your home and why you shouldn’t ignore it.

What a Hail Damaged Roof Looks Like

Roof hail damage can appear differently depending on the storm conditions and the building materials used on your home. While it’s important to be able to spot some of the signs of storm or hail damage, we highly recommend calling a roofing expert to check your roof damage thoroughly. Here are some of the signs of hail damage to your roof:

Hail Damage on Asphalt and Composition Shingles

  • Hail damage is random and has no pattern to it
  • Where the hail hits should be black in color and soft to the touch, like the bruise on an apple
  • The shingles may lose granules, which can expose the roof felt
  • The asphalt and/or mat may appear shiny

Hail Damage to Wood Shingles

  • Hail damage is random and has no pattern to it
  • The split in the shingle will be:
    • Brown/orange in color
    • Have sharp corners and edges
    • Little to no deterioration at the edges
  • There will be impact marks or dents along the splits

How Severe is the Hail Damage to my Roof?

The severity of the hail damage really depends on the severity of the storm. Not all hail storms will cause substantial damage to your roof, while others require immediate attention. Factors that play into the extent and seriousness of your roof hail damage include:

  • Wind: During a severe hailstorm, the wind direction and intensity will change throughout the storm. The direction and intensity of the wind will play a role in where and how hard the hail strikes your home, and can also cause more damage if you already have loose shingles on your roof.
  • Size of Hail: Hailstones can be as small as pebbles and as large as baseballs, and obviously, this will affect the size and severity of the damage. The surface of hailstones are usually rough and jagged, and these uneven edges will cause further damage to your roof and shingles.
  • Obstacles: If you home is shaded by trees or adjacent homes, you are less likely to suffer from roof hail damage.
  • Types of Shingles and Siding: The building materials used for your roof and siding will also affect how severe the hail damage is. Aluminum gutters, siding and asphalt shingles are likely to suffer from dings, while you may end up with cracks in vinyl siding and wood shingles. Extremely large and hard hailstones may be able to puncture a roof, and the age and condition of your roof will affect its durability.

Why Should You Be Concerned About Hail Damage?

Beyond aesthetics, hail damage will compromise the integrity of your roof. If you leave hail damage untreated, it can lead to shingle loss, roof leaks and further damage to your home. While repairing hail damage to your roof may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance, ignoring hail damage can lead to your insurance denying claims at a later time due to your negligence.

If you think you have experienced hail damage to your roof or home, call Columbia SC roofing contractor Seawright Solutions at 803-828-4181. We are happy to give your roof a thorough and free inspection, and help you make a decision for the next steps.