Hail and Wind Damage
After any severe storm with high wind speeds or hail, every homeowner should consider the possibility that hail and wind damage may have occurred to the roof of their home. Even if your roof is not suddenly leaking, damage may have still occurred. Additionally, leaks may be hard to detect and continue for months or years! By then, extensive water damage may have occurred.
What does Hail and Wind Damage look like?
There are several common signs of roof damage:
- Missing shingles.
- Cracked/Broken slate, tile, or concrete shingles.
- Asphalt granules collecting in gutters or downspouts.
- Leaks in your roof or ceiling.
- Dents on gutters, vents, or flashing.
- “Bruised” or dented shingles.
Hail: When a large piece of hail strikes a roof, it may knock away the shingle granules. This may result in a dark spot or “bruise” at the point of impact. The hail may also crack or create a hole in the shingle. In some cases, the entire shingle may be knocked off the roof.
Note: when replacing your roof, consider upgrading to Impact Resistant Shingles which may also reduce your homeowner’s insurance premiums! Ask our professionals for details!
Wind: Excessive wind speeds cause damage in primarily two ways. First, the wind may “peel” up portions of the roof, particularly the edges of a roof. As the curling occurs, subsequent wind storms may continue to peel portions of the roof allowing driving rains to get under the shingles.
The other concern with excessive wind is damage sustained to a roof by debris. For example, the roof may appear clear of debris, but during the storm a large tree limb may have struck the roof and blown away. This flying debris may cut or puncture the roof.
Note: when replacing your roof, different shingle options provide different levels of wind-resistance. Consider upgrading to a higher-rated shingle if you live in a high wind area.
If you suspect that your roof sustained wind and hail damage, the best course of action may be to invest in a professional roof inspection. A trained roofing professional will identify:
- Missing or loose shingles.
- Discolored or dark patches.
- Shingle buckling, blistering, or curling.
- Evidence of wind or hail damage.
- Damaged or corroded flashings.
- Deterioration to chimney brick or siding.
- Damage/obstructions to ventilation components.
- Approximate remaining lifespan of roof.
- Condition of rain gutters.
If you are looking for a professional review of possible Hail and Wind damage, please call 972-416-0844 or complete our online request form.
Also visit our Roof Inspection and Estimate page!