How to identify hail damage on your roofing

Colorado is notorious for its late summer hail storms. Usually they start in July and can come at any time without notice all the way through September, leaving a trail of damaged garden beds and tree branches in its wake.  When a hail storm hits, one of the most vulnerable areas that are likely to be affected is your roofing.  The amount of damage that is sustained during a typical hail storm is going to vary from house to house. You have to take into a account the direction that the storm is coming from, the wind and the size of the hail itself. The state of your roof prior to the storm will also help dictate how much damage you will be dealing with when the storm is over. Newer shingles are going to endure a storm better than shingles that are worn out or already torn. The landscaping and surrounding buildings will also have an impact. If you have a lot of tree cover that could actually help protect your roof, and if a taller building is nearby, it could actually take the brunt of the storm for you.

When you have a nasty hail storm, it can be hard to initially gauge the amount of damage to your roof, or if there is any at all. Before you call your roofing company to come out and start repairs, first take a look for some of the following signs to indicate damage.  First, it is important to know what hail damage is going to look like on your particular roof. Differing roofing materials will reflect damage to them in different ways, so these tips may not apply to all roofing types.

If you have a traditional roof that is made with asphalt or composition shingles (these are very common in Colorado) then you will want to look for the following signs:

Check the ground as well as the gutters for large amounts of granules that can come off of the shingles. The granules are the part of the shingle that helps protect it from the elements, so if you are seeing a lot of these little granules in places that they should not be, you like have at least a few shingles that need to be replaced.  Look for small pock marks or dents. These may be randomly scattered around the roof and will not have a pattern to them (make sure that you are not accidentally looking at the pattern of the nails that are used to secure the shingles.) If there are any divots in the roof that feel soft to the touch, that could be an area of hail damage. You should feel like your roof is hard enough and secure enough for you to walk on. If there are areas where that feeling shifts and the roof feels “soggy” then you have a damaged roof. If you find that your roof had sustained hail damage, then you should contact your roofing contractor right away to come out and give you a consultation.