It’s Hail Season Y’all

It’s Hail Season Y’all

It’s Hail Season Y’all

Here’s a Layman’s Guide To Roof Hail Damage
by Steve Gamel

When you live in North Texas, it’s easy to grow accustomed to unpredictable weather. One day it could be sunny and 75 degrees, and the next day, the wind chill makes it feel like 18 degrees with a chance of scattered thunderstorms. It can be aggravating, but for the most part, everyone goes with the flow. Well, unless there’s hail – anything but hail!

According to the National Storm Damage Center, hail, which can be as small as a pea to as large as softballs, causes about $1 billion in damages in the United States each year to vehicles, houses, outside furniture, and anything else it feels like pelting in the middle of the night. We all know a comprehensive assessment of the damage to your home – especially if it involves climbing up on your roof – needs to performed by a licensed, neighborhood roofing expert, but there are a few things homeowners can safely look for from the ground to get an idea of whether or not they may have a damaged roof:

Chips or Cracks in Windows and Siding
The hail may not have been big enough or lasted long enough to break a window, but pay close attention to the caulking around your windows – are there chips, tears, or cracks? If you have window screens, are they bent or missing? How about the siding on your house? Are there punctures of any kind? Write all this stuff down to point out to your roofer.

Leaks Inside The House
Homeowners spend so much time leaping outside to spot potential damage that they ignore telltale signs inside the home. These can include leaks in the ceiling, attic, or excess water pooling on the inside of your fireplace. Bottom line, if there are any leaks whatsoever, you need to call a roofing professional immediately.

Dented or Loose Gutters and Downspouts
Your gutters are often a perfect indicator that there’s a bigger problem on the roof. Even if they aren’t loose and haven’t fallen off your house, your gutters may have dents and dings in the metal from the hail repeatedly pounding on them.

Missing Shingles
Again, leave climbing on the roof to a professional. But sometimes all it takes to spot signs of a potentially bigger problem is by walking around the perimeter of your property with a pair of binoculars to see if there are any missing shingles. Also check the grass, swimming pool, and nearby landscaping for debris such as roofing nails, shingles that may have blown off, large tree limbs, or granules that have collected near downspouts.

Chimney Damage
Chimney damage can sometimes be very easy to spot if you notice holes in the siding. Another telltale sign of hidden damage is a water leak anywhere in the vicinity of where the chimney is.

Hail Splatter Marks, Scrapes on Fences, Decks, and Wood Surfaces
Depending on the color of your fence or deck, hail marks can look like someone splattered them with white paint. Look for holes, cracks, chips, splits, or general unsightly marks or indentations.

Hail damage on your vehicles
If the hail storm was significant enough to damage your vehicle, then the same thing likely happened to your roof. Have it looked at by a roofing pro immediately.

There are a million other items on your property, including your mailbox, play sets, and outdoor lighting that will help you determine if your roof was likely damaged in a hail storm. If you believe you may have hail damage, there are reputable roofing companies all over Denton County that will gladly provide a free and detailed inspection and give you tips on what to do next if there is enough damage to file a claim.

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