Roof Repair Basics: Identifying Hail Damage
If you live in Colorado Springs, you know that our hail season can be intense. Running roughly from April through September, we see more than the average amount of hailstorms. We also see a wide range of hailstone sizes – there have even been reports of golf-ball-sized hailstones! All this hail can wreak havoc on our roofs. In fact, the number one type of roof damage we see in Colorado Springs comes from hail.
After a hailstorm, you should perform a quick check to make sure there are no problems. If you suspect the hail has damaged your roof, reach out to the local roofers at Divine Roofing for help. Below we provide some helpful information on recognizing when your roof has been damaged by hail.
What Does Hail Damage Look Like?
As hailstones pummel your house, they can cause significant damage to your shingles. Consequently, problems with your shingles are some of the first signs you will see of hail damage. Depending on the type of shingles you have, this damage can take several forms.
Shingle damage caused by hail may look like this:
- Cracked or broken tiles
- Dents or punctures in asphalt shingles
- Pieces of or whole shingles missing
- Loss of granules on asphalt shingles
Don’t Forget Your Flashing
In addition to shingle damage, you may also see signs of hail damage on your flashing, drainage systems, and around skylights. High winds often accompany hailstorms, and it’s not uncommon for hail to rip holes in flashing, which is then torn further by the wind. You may even see that the wind has ripped flashing or parts of your roof drainage system entirely off the house. After a hail storm, take a look at the edges of your roof, where edges meet, and areas around windows, skylights, chimneys, etc.
Damaged flashing can lead to serious water leaks in your roof. If you notice any signs of damage, such as torn, punctured, or rusted flashing, reach out to Divine Roofing, Inc. for repairs service.
Look for Signs of Damage Inside Your Home
Even if you don’t see any damage outside your home, that does not mean that your roof wasn’t damaged during the hailstorm. It is important to look for signs of a leak inside. Look for water staining or wet spots around your rafters in your attic or crawlspace. If your attic area is finished, look for water staining on your ceiling. A musty or moldy smell may also indicate a leak somewhere in your roof.
I Found Hail Damage; Now What?
If you see signs of hail damage, you need to deal with it as soon as possible. A damaged roof cannot effectively protect your home from the elements and, in particular, leaves your property susceptible to water damage. Because Colorado Springs sees so much hail and rain, the sooner you take care of the problem, the better. Ideally, repairs should be completed before the next storm hits.
The best way to resolve hail damage is to reach out to a local, reputable roofing company, like Divine Roofing, Inc. Our roofers have decades of experience and have been part of the local community for years. Many of our customers have been with us since the beginning. When you need fast roofing repairs after a hailstorm, call us. We are here for you today and tomorrow.
To schedule a post-hailstorm roof inspection, contact Divine Roofing, Inc.
Review our blog for more information on how hail impacts your roof.