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How To Spot The Not-So-Obvious Hail Damage On Asphalt Shingled Roofs

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Hail damage on an asphalt roof isn't as obvious as you may think. Sometimes, the damage is barely visible right after the storm, but with time you may begin to notice weakened shingles or leaks. Knowing what to look for when it comes to the different types of damage can help you know when it's time to schedule a roof repair.

When to Suspect Damage

Although larger hailstones are more likely to cause damage just because of their weight, size isn't the only concern. For example, small hailstones may cause even more damage if a high wind causes them to hit the roof with more force.

Generally, you will want to check your roof if the hail storm was severe enough to strip leaves from plants or damage other parts of the property, such as windows, siding, or outdoor furniture. If everything else survived unscathed, your roof probably did, too.

Hidden Damage

One of the most severe types of damage is hidden from casual view. Beneath your shingles, but on top of the plywood sheathing, is a reinforcing mat. On asphalt shingles, this mat is built into the underside of each individual shingle. Its purpose is to help the shingles shed water, making them more waterproof and helping to prevent leaks.

When hailstones hit the shingles, they can cause the mat to rupture. This weakens the shingle, allowing moisture to seep through and eventually make its way into your home. You can spot this kind of damage with careful inspection of the roof. If you notice dark spot or if the shingle surfaces appear cratered, it may be time to schedule a roof repair.

The Gravel Problem

Another type of damage that isn't as obvious as torn or missing shingles is damage to the asphalt coatings. Premature loss of the asphalt weakens the shingles, which can shorten their service life. You can tell if this is a problem if you notice a lot of asphalt gravel in the gutters or along the drip line of the roof after a hail storm.

If the shingles are still whole, you usually don't need to rush out and get a new roof. Chances are your roof will continue to serve for several more years, but it may not last as long as it would have if it had gone undamaged.

Scheduling a roof inspection from a professional roof repair company like A-1 Roofing & Siding is your best course of action if you have any concerns about your roof after a hail storm.

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4 May 2015