How to inspect your roof for hail damage

How often do you think about your roof? If you are like most people, that answer would be probably be that you don’t think about it. Honestly the roof is the most least thought about part of your home when it comes to regular maintenance. And it is one of the few areas of your home that is under constant wear from the elements of the outside. These elements can cause damage to it and weaken the roof’s structure over time. In order to help keep your roof in top shape, it important to have a good roofer who can maintain your roof. Your local roofer in Austin will be able to provide you with the service you need.

In Texas, one of the big roof problems that you hear a lot about is hail damage. At the start, hail damage may not be a big problem; however over time, unnoticed damage can become more noticeable with age and further damage. After a hail storm, it is always a good thing to visually inspect your roof for any damage so that your Austin roofer can best serve you.

Here are some things to look for after a hail storm:

  • You want to first look for damage at the ground level. Take a look at your fence, windows, window screens, siding on your house, garage door and doors to your home. If you see places that look like someone used a ball-peen hammer to it, cracked or broken window panes, small round dents, tears in the screens or dents in the door frames, then you have suffered hail damage at the ground level, or collateral damage.

  • Next, check your down spouts, gutters and gutter screens for damage. Visually assess the condition of these items. You want to check the gutters for dents on the outside and inside as well as checking the gutter for granules from the shingles that could have been washed in from the roof. If not damage is seen, it does not mean that your roof was not harmed. Your gutters and downspouts might be made from heavy galvanized steel which can with stand hail better. If your gutters are made from PVC/vinyl gutters, they will show cracks, chips and splits when damaged by hail.

  • Check out your roof by actually getting up on it. You need to take care with this as it can be risky.Take a good look at the softer metals such as vents and plumbing pipe flashing for dents. Hail will dent these workings before most shingles plus it will give an idea of the size of the hail that hit your home.

  • While up on the roof, check out the shingles. It might be hard to check out the shingles for someone who is not trained. You should look for circular dents or impacts in the shingles. Look for any missing granules from the shingles. At this point you are looking for damage from hail and not normal wear and tear. Hail will damage the roof’s membrane and therefore decrease the lifespan of your roof. If you find numerous hail indentations in a ten foot section of your roof, chances are good that you have suffered hail damage and should have your local roofer in Austin professionally assess the roof.

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