Hail Damage Roof Repair
Colorado is known for extreme weather. From the spring storms to the August gusts, hail is always a possibility in the Springs. In fact, in 2016, Colorado Springs was victim to the 6th most damaging hail storm the state has ever seen. When hail hits, the roof on your home is first to get damaged. If your house has been in the middle of a hail storm lately, you might have received hail damage on your roof.
A good method to find out if your roof has potential hail damage is to access the outdoor area around your home. If the surrounding flowers, cars, or windows are damaged, chances are very high that your roof sustained damaged as well. However, keep in mind that damage to your roof may not be “visible.” In fact, it may not even become a problem until two or three years after a few cycles of hail storms. If it’s apparent that the neighborhood has hail damage, however, you can go ahead and perform your own preliminary inspection of your roof.
How Does Hail Damage Affect Your Roof?
Your roof serves as the barrier between the outside weather and the interior of your home. It helps cover you from rain, shield you from wind, regulates the temperature inside your house, and so much more. Even though your roof is built to protect you from so much, it is still vulnerable to impacts. Hail can damage your roof in several ways, including surface level shingle damage like bruising, soft spots, and granule loss, but can even damage the structural integrity of your roof as well, if the damage is left unattended. Serious and reoccurring hail without proper repair can eventually break your roof down to the roof fasteners and joints, which could cause leaks, water damage, and future structural weakening. In order to keep your roof at its full protective capacity, hail damage should get repaired almost immediately, as to avoid serious damage to the interior of your home and the structure of your roof.
What are the Signs of Hail Damage?
Before you call in a professional, you may be able to identify hail damage on your own. In order to safely examine your roof for hail damage, start by standing a distance away from your house in the driveway or the backyard. If you can’t get a good view, get a sturdy ladder and cautiously look at the surface of your roof. Look for the following based on the shingle material on your roof:
- Random damage to the surface of the shingles
- Dark, soft spots on your shingles
- Loss of granules that make the asphalt shiny
- Granules in your gutters, downspouts, or along the roof edges and overhangs
- Multiple indentations
- Any dents that are collecting water or debris
- Dents on gutters, roof vents, or metal flashings
- Dents that appear rusted from long-term exposure to pooling liquid.
- Tiles that are cracked or chipped on the corners
- Tile that has been completely broken and is exposing the roof interior
- Multiple missing pieces
- Shingles that have been punctured and are exposing the internal layer of the roof Splits in the shingles that appear brown or orange in color.
- Broken pieces scattered on the ground.
- Extremely weathered splits.
A helpful way to determine if you might have shingle damage is to look at the roof vents. The roof vents are made of metal, and will typically show hail damage that you might not be able to see on your shingles. If you observe damage to your roof vents, then chances are your shingles have sustained damage as well.
How can Cheyenne Mountain Roofing Help?
Once a storm hits, it is incredibly important to address any potential hail damage that your roof has received. For the safety of both your roof and your home, a roof inspection performed by a professional residential roofing company is the best way to ensure that the damage is repaired. Cheyenne Mountain Roofing is expertly qualified in roof inspections, hail damage assessment, and repairs.
We believe that your home deserves the highest quality of materials and workmanship. With 20+ years of experience, we pride ourselves in being both affordable for homeowners, while being the best in the business. All of our roof repairs include high-quality, durable materials, and expertly trained service so that the repair will last. If you have to file an insurance claim, or other financing options, Cheyenne Mountain roofing will help you through the entire process. We want to ensure you have a secure and safe roof over your head. Contact us today to get a free estimate!
Wind Damage Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Need to Replace My Roof After Hail Damage?
You will not always need to replace your roof after a hail storm, but it is important to get it checked out by a professional. Not all hail damage can be visible from the ground. Sometimes damage can be hidden from the untrained professional. Untreated damage can wreak havoc on your roof and generate a much worse problem.
What Do Insurance Adjusters Look for On Roofs?
During most of our roof inspections, we generally perform the following:
- Look for the age of the roof
- Determine if it was installed properly
- Identify if there are any missing or broken shingles
- Check for any wear or sun damage
- Determine if there is any damage from trees
- Check for nail pops
- Check for any general damage caused by being exposed to nature over time
What Size Hail Does Roof Damage?
Generally, any hail stone over 1″ in diameter will cause damage to common asphalt shingles.
What Does Hail Damage Look Like on Shingles?
Hail damage can be extremely obvious or very subtle. It’s obvious when there is a significant dent in your shingle, but the small dents can be harder to see. When fully intact, a shingle is a very sturdy material, but if hail damage is strong enough to knock off even a few granules, the integrity of the shingle has been compromised, and it will not work as intended. This can lead to future damage to your roof and your home.