Summer storms can bring damaging hail which can damage your roof. Hail can happen at any time and even smaller sized hail can damage your roof. What’s worse is that you may not even know your roof is damaged from the hail until the next time we have rain. There are some things you can look for that are clear signs of hail damage on your roofing in Royal Oak Michigan which we’ll go over below.
Signs Your Roofing in Royal Oak Michigan May Have Hail Damage
As hail falls it impacts your roof at high speeds. So even a small hailstone can impact the roof and cause damage. These impacts over and over again start to break down the roof and can start to damage the roof of most homes. There are roofing materials that are now available that can withstand most of the hail storms we have here in Royal Oak Michigan. They are called impact resistant shingles and are one of the top roofing systems used today.
Since asphalt shingles are the most used roofing type in this area, most of the tips below will deal with this roofing type. If your home has another type of roofing such as metal roofing you will be able to find similar problems such as these as well. They may include dents or chipped finish of the metal roofing. In either case, it’s best to inspect the roof from the ground using binoculars or a drone. It is not recommended to go on your home’s roof as you may cause more damage and you can be seriously injured if you fall.
Cracks or Holes in the Shingles
As the hail strikes the roofing shingles the impact is concentrated in a single spot. This can cause the shingles to break or crack. Sometimes, once the shingles crack or break the wind can get under the shingles and blow it away from the roof. So if you see missing shingles from the roof it may be from hail damage. Hail can also cause damage by creating holes in the shingles. Typically, when there are holes in the shingles from hail the entire roof will likely need to be replaced as the damage will be widespread around the roof. Roofing that is older is typically more susceptible to hail damage as well because the shingles don’t have as much give as they do when they are newer. Colder weather can also cause the shingles to get damaged by hail although hail storms during winter are not common.
Soft Spots on the Shingles
Although the shingles may not break or have holes knocked in them from the hail falling they can be damaged. Sometimes when the larger hail falls it can dent the shingle. You may not easily see these dents initially but they are damage to your home’s roof. Dented shingles are basically broken or cracked underneath and are soft to the touch when inspected. While they may not pose a problem immediately, over time the shingles are likely to fail and cause a roof leak.
Dented shingles or much like the soft spots on shingles. Dented shingles are especially problematic on roofing that doesn’t have a lot of pitch. Dented shingles are more evident than soft spots and can occur in any type of hail storm. Sometimes you can get roof repair on the dented shingles to help remedy the problem.
Missing Granules from the Shingles
Another common problem that happens after a hail storm is the granules getting beaten away from the shingles. The granules on shingles provide aesthetic value as well as functional value. Granules help to keep algae off the shingles on some products and also add rigidity to the shingles. You may see ‘bald’ spots on the roof which is a key sign. You may also find lots of granules materials in the gutters of the home. While this may not result in a roof leak quickly it will cause the shingles to break down faster and will likely be a problem later.
Get a Roof Inspection if you Think Your Shingles May Be Damaged
If you suspect your home’s roof in Royal Oak Michigan has been damaged by hail you’ll need to get it inspected by a qualified roofing contractor. At Royal Oak Remodeling Contractor we offer roof inspection service to ensure your home is protected.
Call us today at 248-509-8010 to get started.