Roof Hail Damage: What it looks like, how to tell if you have it, and how to fix it


Five hailstones on a roofWhen it comes to your roof, hail is no joke. Even the shortest of hailstorms can cause damage to your roof and result in repairs. Not only can hail crack your roof’s shingles, but it can cause them to dislodge and fall. Hail damage can lead to leaks when rainwater gets into the damaged area of the roof, and that can lead to repairs for your  walls and ceilings as well.

How can you tell if hail has damaged your roof?

  • You notice hail damage on nearby cars
  • Neighbors have reported hail damage at their homes
  • There are dents in your home’s outdoor light fixtures, air conditioning units or any other outside appliances
  • There was a recent bad thunderstorm

When should you get a roof inspection for hail damage?

If you notice any of the above issues (or suspect it hailed during a thunderstorm), contact a roofing professional quickly. It’s critical to make any necessary repairs as soon as possible after the storm to avoid any further damage.

A roof inspection after a hailstorm typically includes checking for these telltale signs:

  • Bruising of shingles
  • Divots or “holes”
  • Black areas, usually round in shape, from hail
  • Any missing or loose shingles

If hail damage has been identified, the roofing team may recommend replacing your shingles with more durable ones that can withstand hail better in the future, or they will make the necessary repairs so your roof is safe again and working at its best.

Worried you might have a hail damaged roof? Don’t wait. Contact a CertainTeed roofing professional and schedule and inspection today.

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