Household Hail Damage: How to Identify & Handle It
Hail storms are part of the territory when you live in the Twin Cities, and if you’ve lived here a while, you know just how common they are. What you may not know, however, is that hail can do some serious damage to your home — even if you can’t readily see it.
At Eastern Roofing & Siding, we know just how deep that damage can run. And we also know that if you fail to have it repaired, it can compromise the structure of your home over time. To help you better protect your property, below, we’re explaining how to identify hail damage and handle it appropriately.
Identifying Roof Hail Damage: What to Look For
Minor hail storms (those that drop hail smaller than a quarter) probably won’t damage your roof. However, if you see hail the size of a half-dollar or larger, there’s a definite chance you’ll deal with roof damage—even if it’s only minor—when the storm is over.
Before a hail storm blows through the area, compiling a storm damage checklist is always a great idea. An index provides a base to rely on when checking for hail damage or any other storm damage to your home. When looking for storm damage, it may be challenging to remember every necessary facet of your exterior for inspection, so a comprehensive list is helpful!
Because early detection is the key to preventing further roof deterioration, you should inspect your roof for signs of damage as soon as it’s safe to do so. When your roof is dry and the coast is clear, grab a ladder and take a look at your roof. Here’s what you’ll need to keep an eye out for:
Missing Shingle Granules
When hail loosens the granules on your shingles, your roof is exposed to the elements, making it more susceptible to water damage and premature aging. Look for loose granules along your eaves and in your gutters and downspouts.
Exposed or Fractured Mat
Severe hail can damage your shingles’ surfaces, exposing their underlayment. Fractures in the mat are more challenging to detect and usually require the expertise and trained eye of a storm damage repair specialist.
Cracked or Missing Shingles
Heavy impacts and high winds can crack or completely remove shingles, leaving the roof beneath them exposed and unprotected from the elements.
High winds and heavy impacts can also loosen the seals that hold your shingles to the roof. Shingles with compromised seals are more likely to detach from the roof during the next storm, which will leave the structure exposed to the elements.
Addressing Roof Damage
If you notice any of the above signs of roof damage, it’s essential to address the problem as promptly as possible to prevent further deterioration. Keep in mind that certain signs of hail damage to your roof may be challenging to detect with an untrained eye. To ensure your roof is adequately protected, contact a storm damage repair professional who can conduct a comprehensive inspection and perform all necessary roof repairs.
Siding Hail Damage: 4 Signs to Watch For
Hail doesn’t just damage your roof; it can also do a number on your siding. Though smaller bits of hail generally won’t rough up high-quality siding, larger pieces can cause serious damage. To detect potential problems early and prevent further deterioration caused by water, wind, or insects, always inspect your siding after heavy hail storms.
When it’s safe to head outside, take a walk around the perimeter of your house and keep an eye out for the following issues:
Cracks or Holes
Vinyl siding is particularly vulnerable to hail damage and can easily crack or develop holes as a result of heavy hail impacts. Cracks and holes in your siding can make your home more susceptible to water-related damages, including warping, rotting, and insect infestations.
Heavy hail can put dents on vinyl, wood, and metal siding. If the dents are severe, they can weaken the siding, making it more susceptible to cracking and premature deterioration. Minor dents may be no more than a simple aesthetic flaw, but to maintain the value of your home, you shouldn’t leave them unrepaired. Look for dents with a spotlight, as minor ones are often difficult to detect with the naked eye.
Metal siding can develop oxidation marks after a heavy hail storm, but those marks aren’t always easy to detect. To test for siding oxidation, run your hand along with the metal siding and take a look at your palm—is there chalky, white residue left behind? That’s a sign of siding damage that requires prompt attention.
Paint deterioration is a dead giveaway of siding damage after a storm. But to determine the extent of the damage, you’ll need to contact a storm damage repair specialist for a siding inspection.
Need Storm Damage Repairs? Contact Eastern Roofing & Siding
If your home sustained damage during a storm, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Eastern Roofing & Siding. For over 25 years, we’ve proudly served homeowners throughout Woodbury, Cottage Grove, and Inver Grove Heights, and we take pride in our commitment to quality workmanship and superior customer service.
To request an estimate, schedule repairs, or learn more about our services, give our team a call today at 651-238-1313 or send us a message, and we’ll be in touch promptly.