Hail damage is the most common storm-related roofing problem. Hail causes a wide range of damage, from dents and punctures to missing shingles, broken tile or brick, cracked flashing, damaged gutters and more. The good news is that many hail repairs are relatively inexpensive and simple to complete yourself. If you suspect your roof has been damaged by hailstones (or any other storm), here are some signs that can help you determine if it’s time for a professional inspection:
With the help of a ladder, you can inspect the entire roof. If there are missing or damaged shingles, you will know immediately. It is also easy to spot by looking at the areas where two or more shingles are missing at once.
You should pay attention to your shingles for any signs of damage, especially if you know there was a hail storm in the area. Shingles that are damaged by hail may show obvious signs like cracking, but they can also show signs that are more subtle and might not be immediately noticeable. Look on the underside of each shingle to inspect it for cracks or dents.
Water leaks are a common sign of hail damage, and they can cause many problems. Some of the issues that water leaks can create are:
- Rotting in your roof and foundation
- Mold growing on a damaged roof or in your attic
- Wood rot in the framing around your house structure
Additionally, if you notice any signs of dry rot (such as black mold or crumbling wood), it will be best to consult with a professional right away before the problem worsens.
Dented Gutters & Downspouts
If your gutters and downspouts have sustained hail damage, it’s important to know the signs of a damaged gutter system. The most obvious sign is open joints in the gutter system that have been crushed or pushed inward. If a few large dents and dings are visible on your gutters, this may be an indication that you need to replace them. You may also see small cracks at seams where pieces meet together and around rivets where metal fasteners hold pieces together.
Dented Dryer Vents
If you notice a dented dryer vent, it could mean that your roof has hail damage. This can cause the dryer to overheat and possibly start a fire. If you suspect any hail damage on your home, call a roofing professional immediately!
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time to contact a roofing pro. At DFW Roofing Pro, we specialize in helping homeowners with all types of roof damage and have been serving the Dallas area since 2009. We offer free consultations so you can speak with one of our experts before deciding if we’re right for your needs or not.