The roof is one of the critical areas that keep your home or business safe and secure from the elements. When a roof is damaged by inclement weather, such as a hailstorm, what may start as a small issue can quickly turn into a big problem. We’ll help you spot hail damage.
According to the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS), there have already been 687 “large hail” events in 2020. In comparison, that is 23% more than what the United States experienced in 2019 by this time. If you happen to encounter a hail-producing storm, it’s essential to know how to identify damage to your home so you can take steps toward remediation.
>What can you, as a homeowner or business owner, do to spot hail damage?
HERE ARE SOME ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR INSPECTING YOUR HOME FOR HAIL DAMAGE:
- You can start things out on the ground by looking for dents in the gutters, gutter screens, or downspouts. The chances are that if there is hail damage on the roof, there will be some impact on the gutters.
- Next, look for hail damage to your siding and the window sills and window casings, along with any other exposed metal surfaces such as the metal fascia on the roof eaves. Any dents, dings, or other signs of hail impact – even minor ones – may be a sign there is more damage up above; also, remember that hail storms generally involve high winds, so hail is nearly as likely to hit the side of the building as it is the top. Check your surrounding area for debris. Specifically, inspect the ground for pieces of roof shingles. Big or small, any residual shingle debris may be a clear sign you or your neighbor’s roof has sustained damage.
- Check for leaks in the attic and water damage on the ceilings. Any signs of moisture or damp odors are a clear sign that something may be wrong with your current roof system.
- Finally, check out the surrounding neighborhood for roofing contractor signs on the lawns – if your neighbors are getting their roofs inspected or repaired, the chances are that you need to have your roof checked out as well.