Can Hail Really Damage Your Roof?

Living in Colorado, hail damage is a real possibility no matter where you live. Usually, once or twice a year, if the front range is unlucky, you’ll find a severe enough hailstorm to damage property and your roof. Roof damage can be as minor as a few dents to open holes in your roof depending on the severity of the hailstorm. Let’s look at how hail damages roof, whether you can prevent it, and why you should call a roofer after a major storm.

More About Hail Damage

When hail hits your room, the denser it is, the more damage is causes. This damage can cause dings, dents, and holes. Depending on where the hail hits, it could damage skylights, vents, and gutters. This damage can add up. If shingles are broken, this can lead to water and other debris leaking into the underside of your roof and eventually into your home. In some cases, you may not be able to see what hail damage is doing, because you’re not a roofer.

Hail damage may or may not be preventable. By investing in impact-resistant shingles, you can mitigate roof damage from hail. However, if the hail is big enough and dense enough, even the best shingles on the market will get damaged. If this damage is caught early enough, you’ll be able to repair or replace your roof and avoid long-term issues from a hailstorm.

After any hailstorm, you should head outside when it’s over and take a good look at your roof. Using a pair of binoculars if you have some handy. Look for any dented, damaged, or missing shingles; if you find anything, call a roofer to come out and inspect the roof. If the hailstorm was severe, call a roofer regardless of what you find. While hail damage is often noticeable, sometimes you just may not know what to look for to find it. This can lead to long-term issues, such as your roof leaking which leads to even bigger problems down the road.

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