How to Identify Hail Damage on Your Roofing

It’s fairly simple to determine whether hail has damaged some of your property, like your patio furniture or your car. Because these things are made from metal, it’s very easy to spot the damage that hail leaves, but it can be much more difficult to spot that same damage on your roofing shingles. It’s not uncommon to need the assistance of a professional roofer to check for this damage.

Any damage to the roofing of your Charleston home can result in very serious problems. Even if the damage seems insignificant, it can quickly accelerate and lead to leaks or slouches in your roofing. Having a professional inspect your roofing once every three years is recommended, and you should also have an inspection after any storm which you think may have damaged your roofing.

Many insurance companies will pay for the repairs when your roofing is damaged by hail, but you’ll first need to have it assessed by a professional. Insurance companies will require that a professional give them their opinion before they’ll pay for the work to be done. But before you call in a professional, you can check your own roofing for hail damage.

If large hail hits your roofing hard enough, it can leave a visible, circular crack in the shingles.

Look at the Metal Parts of Your Roofing

Any parts of your roofing that are made of metal will be more obviously damaged by hail. If you have any metal roof vents, flashing, or valleys, check there first for any signs of hail damage.

Check the Top of Your Roof

If you can do so safely, looking at the ridge cap at the top your Charleston home’s roofing is your best bet. The ridge cap is flat, so it takes direct hits from hail during a storm. If your roofing has been damaged by hail, it will be most prominent here.

Once you’ve found hail damage on the ridge cap, you can safely bet that there’s damage elsewhere as well.

Look for Major Signs of Hail Damage

There are three things you want to look out for:

  • Bruising
  • Cracking
  • Missing Granules

If you find any missing pieces of asphalt on the roof, or any shingles that have exposed, black substrate, they’ve likely been hit and damaged by hail.

Bruising occurs when the hail doesn’t leave a dent that’s fully visible in your shingles. Run your hands over the shingles and look for any small indentations. If you find any, press down to see if it has any give. This is often the early stage of roofing deterioration.

If large hail hits your roofing hard enough, it can leave a visible, circular crack in the shingles.

Watch out for any of these signs, and contact a roofing contractor immediately for an inspection if you do find them.

If you’re looking hail damage roofing repairs in Charleston, call Charleston Roofing and Exteriors, LLC at 843-203-5555