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Spotting Hail Damage on Your Roof

Spotting Hail Damage on Your Roof

Spotting Hail Damage on Your Roof

If you talk to old-timers in Central Florida, you can expect to hear about the time in 1992 that 2.5 feet of hail fell in Longwood, Florida. The storm started about 5 PM turning the commute on Interstate 4 into a nightmare. Some residents went outside to shovel hail off sidewalks while others were trying to escape rising floodwaters. While the event created a nightmare for residents, you do not have to have a massive hailstorm to damage your roof. Learning what to look for after a hailstorm allows you to be knowledgeable on if you should take action or not.

Loss of Shingle Granules

After it is safe to venture outside, look for shingle granules laying on the ground. If you find lots of them, you can count on having some roof damage. These granules are added to shingles to make them more ultraviolet resistant and more fire-resistant. If you notice many of them on the ground, then head back inside to start the claims process.

Inspect for Impact Hail Marks

Hail that is big enough and hits hard enough can damage your roof. You can look outside during the hailstorm and guess if you are going to have damage based on the size of the hail and your roofing materials. If you have a three-tab asphalt roof, you can expect to see where the hail has hit your roof because it will leave an impact. Fiberglass asphalt shingles usually can withstand 1.25-inch hailstones. Wood shake roofing can be split down the middle by hail. If the hail is big enough, you can see impact marks on all types of roofs.

Look for Gutter Damage

You do not even need to get on your roof to see most gutter damage. If the hail has bent your gutters, then the chances are that you have hail damage to your roof. Hail that is powerful enough to bend your gutters may also have bent vents and other protrusion that come up through your roof. If these are damaged, then your roof may leak, even if the hail did not damage your roofing material itself. Hail that is this hard often is accompanied by hard rain that may have backed up under your roof’s edge.

If you think you have hail damage, then call roofers in Longwood to come to inspect your roof. They have over 60 years of combined roofing experience, and you will love their outstanding customer service. If you have any problems, then the owners of this family-operated business will be glad to help you out. Call these roofers in Longwood today.