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Checking Your Roof for Hail Damage

 

 

Checking Your Roof for Hail Damage

 

When the seasons change, there comes the change in the weather. With the summer and spring comes heavy rains, and sometimes there is a sudden drop in the temperature and hail is formed. Hail can be an amazing feat of nature, but it can also be one of the worst things it created because hail can rain down from the sky and cause a lot of damage to homes and cars. Every year, insurance companies pay homeowners and car owners thousands of dollars in insurance damage claims. Have you had a hailstorm lately and you are wondering if your roof was damaged? Here are some tips on how to check your roof for hail damage.

Where to begin

Grab your ladder and when you get up on the roof, the first thing you check is the drain downspouts. A sign of roof damage may be deposits of black mineral around the downspouts.

Gutters

Hail is basically small rocks falling from the sky, so if you take a close look at your gutters you will see noticeable dings from the hail. This may be the first sign that the last hailstorm might have damaged other parts of the roof as well.

Check your yard

If the storm was bad, there may have been high winds along with the hail. Once the storm is gone, or the next morning, go outside and see what is in your yard. There may be debris in your yard like tree branches, but is that all? Do you notice if there are any shingles in the yard? If the wind was bad enough to knock shingles off of the roof and hail was able to hit exposed roof, then this is a definite sign that your roof might have hail damage.

Ceilings

If the roof is damaged, you may see water stains on your ceiling or you may even find a leak.

Shingles

If you have a roof that is covered with wooden shingles, you need to take a close look at them. There may be spots or dimples in the wood that came from the hail striking the wood.

Talk to your neighbors

How close are you to the people in your neighborhood? This may be a good time to introduce yourself because they might be in the same boat as you. However, everyone has a busy life, so you might not be able to talk to them. If you notice that the people in your neighborhood are having their roofs inspected or even repaired, this may be a clear sign that the storm and the hail were bad enough to damage the roof.

Hail is frozen pieces of rain that fall from the sky during the spring and summer seasons. Hail can be really neat because it can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but falling hail can also cause a lot of damage to your home. If you recently had a hailstorm, you might want to contact a roofer for a free inspection to see if you have any hail damage.

 

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