“Hail forms when thunderstorm updrafts are strong enough to carry water droplets well above the freezing level. This freezing process forms a hailstone, which can grow as additional water freezes onto it. Eventually, the hailstone becomes too heavy for the updrafts to support it and it falls to the ground.” https://pmm.nasa.gov/education/content/how-does-hail-form
Many people think that it takes large pieces of hail to cause any damage but even the smallest of pellets can cause significant damage to a roof. What’s more, many times, you can’t see the damage from the ground so it’s best to have someone familiar with what the damage looks like to get up an inspect for potential problems. Here are three areas to check for hail damage to a roof.
1. Dented gutters, downspouts or gutter screens
It’s not just the main roof that can sustain signficant damage, sometimes the roof gutters can have impact damage as well. Be sure when the roof is inspected for hail damage that the roof gutters, spouts and screens are checked as well.
2. Chimneys and roof vents
Be sure to check the chimney covers for dents, dings and holes as well as areas around chimneys including the flash. If you have skylights, look for any damage to the seals, casings, or frame. Repairing a small damage to these now can save you from major work down the road.
3. Roof shingles
You may think that it is always easy to spot damage to roof shingles but hail damage can be so small that only a trained eye can verify if there is damage. If major damage is caused by the hail, it can be an obvious hole in the roof but even these small areas of hail damage can compromise the shingle and a water leak can develop.
If you’ve recently experienced a hail storm, no matter how minor, you should call us right away to do an inspection. We can then act on your behalf to facilitate your insurance claim if needed.