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What Does Hail Damage Do to a Roof?
Living in Calgary, no one is surprised to have hail at any time of the year! We’ve seen it all when it comes to the weather this area of Canada can have. Without warning our green lawns into an instant ice-ball winter wonderland. What happens when we think about in terms of damage? To our cars? Our roofs?
The effects of hail roof damage can differ according to a range of factors: hail size, wind speed, wind direction, the material of the roof, age of materials and slope all have an effect on the possible roof damage that occurs during a hail storm. Hail damage is bad for a roof when it leads to roof leaks and other issues.
Damage can be functional or cosmetic, and it’s the cosmetic damage that is sometimes more severe than it looks. Things like broken edges, bruises, punctures and granule loss can cause serious complications, though they may seem cosmetic at first.
To dive a little more into how hail damage affects a roof, let’s look at some specific types of damage:
Exposed fiberglass mat
Weakened self-seal strip
Cracks in the shingles
Fractured fiberglass mat
Once you know about these common forms of hail roof damage, you can start to look for signs of damage on your property after a hailstorm.
How do you know if your roof or exterior has hail damage?
Severe roof damage, like shingles ripped off the roof or tree branches down, is obvious, but minor damage may be difficult to detect with an untrained eye. Get a roof inspection for a trained professional at BOSS to assess the hail damage on your roof or follow our helpful tips.
The first place to look for damage caused by hail is your gutters. High-impact hail that causes roof damage will most likely dent your gutters and/or downspouts. This is the easiest place to see and evaluate when looking for signs of roof damage. If there are dents and dings on your gutters and downspouts, you’re likely to have problems on the roof.
Gutters will also fill up and clog due to granules that shingles can shed when hail hits them. Clogged and overflowing gutters indicate that hail may have damaged your roof.
The second place we suggest looking is your siding, and the third place is your deck. Both of these areas will experience damage from a bad hailstorm and are easy indicators for potential shingle damage. Any hail damage on our siding or deck means you should get a roof inspection. BOSS Complete Renovations offers inspections to house siding and decks so if you are asking for a hail damage inspection, we look at all of these areas for you.