Thunderstorms accompanied by damaging hail are a fact of life in many areas of the country, often wreaking havoc for only a few minutes before moving rapidly across the horizon. Although the hail only falls for a brief time, it can fall with a force that can be very damaging to the surfaces they impact, like the roof of your home. Because this damage can be difficult to see, homeowners can be lulled into a false sense of security, at least until the roof starts to leak months or even a few years into the future. If the roof of your home is subjected to a punishing hailstorm, use the following information to detect hail damage quickly before the problem becomes worse.
Check for Obvious Leaks
If the size or volume of the hail was particularly large or your roof was compromised prior to the storm, the first thing to do is to check for visible leaks that may already be allowing moisture to penetrate the envelope of your home. To do this properly, examine the underside of your roofing materials from inside your attic. Using a flashlight, check for any signs of moisture, including drips, watermarks, dampened insulation or wallboard and puddles on the attic floor or beams. Pay particular attention to the areas around chimneys, vents and pipes or wires that extend through the roof.
Check the Guttering
If your shingles were manufactured with an abrasive coating on their surface to increase longevity, the hailstorm may have damaged this coating. To check, first look into the guttering for grainy sediment in the bottom that matches the appearance of the abrasive coating on the shingles. While a few granules in the guttering is nothing to worry about, finding large quantities means that your shingles may have received more substantial damage. If your guttering has a guard on top to prevent them from filling with leaves and debris, check the areas around each downspout for these granules.
Check for Shingle Damage
The last part of your examination should concentrate on the appearance of the shingles. Look for any visible signs of hail damage, such as:
In order to best examine your roof for hail damage, you will likely need to climb on top of the roof. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, or you find some of the signs of hail damage mentioned above before looking at the shingles on the roof, it is best to contact a licensed, insured roofing contractor and have them give you a complete, professional assessment of the roof's condition, as well as your best options to remedy the damage. Contact a company, such as Rocky Mountain Roofers & Gutters, for more information.
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