Does Your Roof Have Hail Damage?

Severe storms are common in the Midwest this time of year, and they can be very destructive. Hail and strong winds can damage roofs and siding, leading to expensive repair and replacement costs.

How do you know if your roof has suffered wind or hail damage and needs to be replaced? Here are some signs that your roof has suffered damage following a hail storm:

  • Do you have visible signs of leaking? Check for signs of water in the ceilings on the top floor of your home. Leaking in the basement rarely indicate a leak in the roof and is more likely due to a clogged downspout or drain.
  • Do you notice missing or flapping shingles? If you can safely view your roof from a second story window or a ladder on the ground (for a single story roof), look for missing, loose or broken shingles which can indicate that the roof has suffered damage.
  • Do you notice asphalt granulars in the driveway or downspouts? Asphalt shingles that have been damaged may lose granulars. Try running water from the garden hose in the gutters and downspouts to watch for granulars as the water washes out.
  • Do you notice hail dents in your downspouts? Most downspouts are made of aluminum, and visible hail dents are a sign that you have experienced potentially damaging hail to your roof.

damaged downspout

The average life span of an asphalt roof in a freeze and thaw environment like ours is 15-20 years. If your roof has suffered hail damage, or is in need of a replacement, call the Rooferees today for an estimate.