How Do You Inspect a Roof for Hail Damage?

With fall only a few months away, it’s time to inspect your roof for damage before the cold sets in.  At Herbert Roofing, we recommend doing roofing repairs prior to the colder seasons, so you can be assured your home is secure and problems don’t arise later down the road.  But how do you know if your roof has sustained damage?  The roofing experts at Herbert Roofing have you covered and put together a brief guide on how to inspect your roof.  Before your summer ends, check it out:

Safety First!

Properly inspecting your own roof requires you to look at the shingles, vents, and chimney on top of the home.  Because of this, we recommend you wear a pair of soft-soled shoes and use a ladder in good working condition.  It’s best to mark any damage you see with chalk so a professional can include it in the roofing inspection.

Signs of Hail Damage – Without a Ladder

There are a few things you can look for – even without a ladder – to help you determine whether your roof has faced hail damage.  After your initial review, make sure to work with a professional to verify and repair the damage:

  • Dented gutters, gutter screens, downspouts – These elements are easy to spot from the ground, and don’t require a ladder. If you had a particularly strong hailstorm last year, it’s not uncommon for the gutters to have impact damage from hail.  Be on the look-out for dented gutters and small impacts or dents to surrounding materials.
  • Damaged siding, windowsills, casings – Although we initially think of hail impacting the home’s roof, it’s easy for hail to damage the home’s siding and windows. Make sure to look for small – or large – dings in the siding, windowsills, casings, and other metal fascia on your home.
  • Air conditioners, outdoor items – If you have an outdoor air conditioning unit, make sure to check it for any major damage. Typically, air conditioners qualify for insurance replacement, and catching the damage sooner rather than later will save you money.

Signs of Hail Damage – With a Ladder  

If you have access to a secure ladder, inspecting your roof and shingles for damage is incredibly helpful in accurately determining the amount of hail damage.  Make sure to take a look at your shingles, vents, and chimney while on top of the roof:

  • Shingles – Hail damage to shingles is usually easy to spot. If you see any spots with granules missing or quarter-sized chunks taken out of your asphalt, it’s time to call a professional.
  • Vents, chimneys – As you’re checking shingles for any hail damage, make sure to look at the vents and chimney as well. Again, spotting damage should be fairly straightforward for these home materials.  Mark any dents or holes with chalk before speaking with your local roofing and insurance companies.

Need some further help with inspecting your home with hail damage?  Contact our team at Herbert Roofing for a free inspection and estimate before summer ends.  We will make sure your roof is as good as new before heading into the winter season.

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