How to Identify Hail Damage on Your Roof

Hail Damage to a metal valley
  • Hail damage to metal
  • Examine the top of the roof
  • 3 types of hail damage

Search for damage on the metal

Check metal roof vents, flashing, or metal valleys on the roof to see if there are any dents. Soft metal will show dents and also indicate the size of the hail.

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Hail damage to a roof vent

Hail Damage to a metal valley

Hail Damage to a metal valley

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Set up a ladder to your roof to examine the top of the roof

Check the ridge cap of the roof for dents. This area of the roof will receive the most damage from hail since it is flat and will take a direct hit in a storm.

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Look at the shingles. Check the whole shingle, as well as the edges, for signs of damage.

Hail damage to the edge of the shingle

Hail damage to the edge of the shingle

3 types of hail damage

The 3 major signs of hail damage include bruising, cracking, and granules missing from asphalt.

Check for missing pieces in the asphalt of the roof. Look for areas on the shingle that have exposed, black substrate. This means the granules of the asphalt have been compromised or knocked off by something.

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  • Search for bruising in the shingles. Dents from hail are not always completely visible. Run your hand over the shingle to feel for small dimples in the surface. Press 1 of the dimples to see if it has any give. If it does, this is a sign that the shingle has began some deterioration.

 

  • Look for cracking in the shingle. Large hail can make a circular crack if the hail hits it hard enough.
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