Hail is one of the most dangerous things for your home, and nowhere is that more evident than on your roof. When hailstones fall, they can obviously cause a ton of problems in the immediate sense, forcing you to pay for expensive damage in the wake of a storm. However, did you know that hail can also leave damage that may continue to chip away at your roof over the course of several years—especially if that damage is not dealt with ASAP? Keep reading to learn more on the way hail impacts your roof over time, and remember that for all your hail damage needs, you can always count on our experts at Divine Roofing, Inc.
How Hail Does Damage to Your Roof Over Time
- Immediately Following a Storm: In the wake of a hail storm, your shingles, tiles, or slate roofing may have visible dents, with granules or larger pieces even falling off. It is important to get your roof repaired right away in these cases, especially if the asphalt layer underneath the materials has been exposed. This may not be as big of an issue if you have metal roofing, though hail can still cause damage to metal roof systems over time.
- Weeks After a Storm: In the weeks following a hail storm, the sun’s ultraviolet rays will continue to shine down on your roof, likely causing damage to any portions of your roof that remain exposed after a storm. “But what if it’s cold, and the sun doesn’t immediately come out after a hail storm?”, you may be asking. In some ways, weather that oscillates from hot to cold following a storm is even worse for your roof, as it may cause shingles to expand and contract, in turn potentially causing even greater damage to affected areas. This is another reason why emergency roof repairs are extremely important following a hail storm.
- Months After a Storm: If you do not take care of hail damage properly following a storm, your roofing materials may experience various problems come wintertime, including cracks and even leaks in your roofing system. Shingles that have lost granules may even start to curl at the edges, which can eventually lead to them blowing away during high winds.
- Years After a Storm: If you ignore hail damage for long enough, chances are you will end up having to replace your whole roof. This is because as granules continue to wear down and flake off, your roofing system will be more susceptible to leaks. You may soon find water seeping into your attic, closets, and other storage areas, leading to potential electrical problems, water damage, mold growth, and, wood rot. While you will not end up having to replace large sections of wood if you have metal roofing, you should still have your roof inspected following a hail storm, as large hail storms may cause dents and rust that can eventually force you to pay for costly repairs.