Every homeowner dreads a hail storm. They’re not just unpleasant — they’re potentially dangerous. Hailstones can be large and dense enough to break a window, dent your siding, or even puncture a hole in the roof. But even when the worst disasters don’t happen, hail might leave behind less noticeable issues. Here are a few things you’ll want to look out for in the aftermath of a hail storm.
Lost Granules/”Shiny” Shingles
Asphalt shingles contain granules that help protect your roof felt and keep your roof in shape for years to come. However, in the midst of the heavy winds and icy impact from hail storms, sometimes those granules fall away. This can leave your roof vulnerable to more damage in the future. You might notice shingles that look “shinier” or more bald. This is a good indication that granules have been lost and that those shingles need to be repaired.
Hail doesn’t always puncture the surface it hits, but that doesn’t mean no damage was done. It might leave behind a black or darker spot. When you use a ladder to examine the spot up close and touch it, you might notice that it feels softer than the rest of the roof. Again, this makes your roof more susceptible to future damage such as punctures and leaks. It could also make rot more likely to occur.
It takes quite strong hail to truly break through your shingles, especially given the complex layering system of your roof. However, it’s far more common for hail to crack the shingles. A crack in the shingles from one hail storm might be one thing, but what about the next time it happens? The longer a crack is left in the shingles, the more it will be exacerbated. Make sure to look not just for missing shingles but for damaged shingles, and to repair those as soon as you can.
Need help repairing your roof after a hail storm? Roofing systems from Mainstream Home Improvements offer six feet of ice and snow shield to help protect your roof against hail and other extreme weather. Contact us today for more information or a free estimate.