Inspecting Your Roof for Hail Damage

In many parts of the country, hail damage to the roof is something every homeowner has to be concerned about. If a hailstorm has recently occurred where you live, and you want to inspect for potential damage, here is a video with some easy-to-follow tips.

First and foremost, only climb on the roof if it is safe to do so. If you don’t feel comfortable or if the roof is too steep to talk on, it’s always best to hire a professional to conduct this inspection.

You will need to bring some sidewalk chalk with you.

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According to the storm damage services company, this is a great tool for marking hail damage and will make the damage easier to photograph. The chalk will also easily wash away after it rains once or twice.

Once on the roof, your first step will be to look for damage done to the shingles. You can spot this by looking for dark areas in the shingles. This is where the hail has hit the shingles and shifted the granules that adhere to the roof. This has exposed the black asphalt at the base of the shingle. Eventually, the sun will deteriorate that asphalt like it would an asphalt like it would a road, and it could lead to a leak in your roof.

When you find these spots, draw a line under them with your chalk. Next, take a photo of that area with your phone.

Next, inspect any vent coverings for damage. To do this, the team recommends feeling around the vent coverings with your hand for any dents. When you find the dents, take your chalk, and with it on its side, shade over the area. This will color over the vent but leave the dented area clear, helping to make the dent easy to see in a photograph.

Spotting hail damage to your roof can be difficult, but following these tips can help, but only when it’s safe to get on your roof.

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