Hail Damage

Hail can impact all styles of roofing systems and often causes more damage than most people expect. In the Ozarks, asphalt shingles are the most common style of roofing system used. When hail damages asphalt shingles, it causes granular loss to the surface of the shingle.
In turn, this exposes the matting hidden beneath the granular, exposing the matting to direct sunlight. This causes the shingle to dry and eventually crack, and those cracks eventually lead to rainwater damaging the interior of a home. In some scenarios, hail damage is so severe that its easily identifiable immediately after a storm event. But in many scenarios, that damage is unrecognizable to a cursory look and begins a slow path of deterioration that is unnoticed until it’s too late.

Identifying Hail Damage

Multiple issues impact the severity and visual cues of hail damage.
Hail Damage Factors
Shingles can react differently when struck by hail. As an example, hail damage to asphalt and composition shingles can look very different than hail damage to wood shingles. It is important to know the different effects of the damage to properly identify whether or not you have roof damage from hail.
Asphalt and Composition Shingles Hail Damage
Damage appears at random with no discernible pattern.
Hail hits that appear black due to exposed matting.
Additional loss of granules, potentially exposing underlayment.
Matting taking on a “shiny” look.
Wood Shingles Hail Damage
Damage appears at random with no discernible pattern.
A split in the shingle, showing brown/orange in color.
A split in the shingle, showing sharp corners and edges.
A split in the shingle, showing little to no deterioration at the edges.
Impact marks along the splits.
In the Midwest, hail storms are the most common cause of damage to roofs and often can cause bigger problems long after the initial impact. For these reasons, we dedicate ourselves to providing homeowners peace of mind by offering complimentary inspections . With years of roofing experience, we take pride in our ability to identify hail damage and prevent long term damage before it is too late!
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