Hail in New England is a given and while our roofs are meant to withstand extreme weather and protect our home, hail damage is not always preventable.
Hailstones can range from the size of a pea to the size of a softball! And those baseball sized hailstones can fall at nearly 100 miles per hour, putting your roof through a Hail damage to roof shingles can be very obvious or very difficult to uncover and most times it takes a trained eye to spot hail damage to roof shingles.
The presence of one or more of these signs may indicate a situation where hail damage has been done and can help you determine whether you need a full roof replacement or roof repair.
Remember that huge storm in 2012? Below are a few photos from a roof we inspected from then and here are more photos of the hail from that storm.
Dented gutters, gutter screens, or downspouts
If a roof has significant hail damage up top, the gutters will more than likely also have some impact damage. Surefire signs include dents to the gutters, gutter screens or downspouts.
Cracks in roof shingles can happen whether there’s hail damage or not, but they’re still an indicator that the roof is in need of maintenance. (You may have to run your hands over the roof to determine if there’s cracking.)
If you have asphalt roofing, there may be missing pieces along your roof. Sometimes you’ll be able to see the underlying matter where the asphalt granules were knocked off, other times the roof might have shiny spots that need to be addressed.
Bruising is a lot like denting or pockmarks, but even smaller. Feel along the surface for dimples to see how your roof is reacting to hail. You may not need to do anything if the bruising is small enough, but it can predict the chances of future wear and tear. If the dimples have any kind of give when you press on them, your shingles may be starting to decay.
If your roof shows uneven bubbles throughout, you may have hail damage.
Roof repairs need to be taken care of immediately for the best possible protection during a storm. For even better preparation, trim any branches that may whip against your home or roof during a storm.