Hails are those destructive weather elements that can cause severe damage to your property, specifically to your property’s roofing system. Although sometimes it can be a little hard for property owners to notice hail roof damage, a professional roof inspection is a proper way to address a situation like this to ensure that your property will be provided with the needed roof repairs.
Keep in mind that there are many different types of roofing systems affected by hail damage in many different ways. Keep reading this article to understand how hail damage is done on a roof and how it can affect different roofing systems.
Potential Hail Damage
Hail damage on your roofing system can vary depending on factors such as the roofing material used on your roofing system and the hail size combined with the wind speed and direction during the hail storm. Those factors will also help you determine the damage level on your roof.
Hail damage can be represented in two ways, functional or cosmetic. Still, cosmetic damage may sound like nothing happened, it is important to consider that sometimes it can be more severe than it looks. Some specific types of hail damage in a roofing system are:
- Granule loss
- Exposed/Fractured fiberglass mat
- Cracks in shingles
- Weakened self-seal strip
Roofing Materials vs. Hail Damage
When your roof suffers hail storm damage, it doesn’t mean that property owners will have to replace their roofing systems. Still, it is important to understand how hail damage can be represented in the different roofing materials.
After a hail storm, asphalt shingles can be left with functional or cosmetic damage that will affect the asphalt shingles’ lifespan. Discoloration, cracks, density loss, and underlayment exposure is damage that can be done due to hailstones impacts.
On a metal roofing system, it is hard to find cracks due to hail storm damage. However, you may find indentations due to the impact of the hailstones.
A wood shakes roofing system is more likely to suffer severe damage as wood shakes can split during the hail storm and cause damage to your roofing structure.
Gutters are also one of the most important roofing system elements that suffer damage due to hail storms. Aluminum gutters can represent indentation marks due to the impact of the hailstones.
Save Your Roofing System From Hail Damage
Keeping your property’s roof protected after every weather element is peace of mind for property owners. You can address any damage after the hail. If hail has left your roof damaged, the best way to handle this situation is to contact a roofing expert like WABO Roofing Systems to guide you through the entire claim insurance process, whether you may need roof repairs or roof restoration.