How to Inspect Your Roof for Hail Damage

hail-damage-asphalt-ridgeAww hail!  It’s hailing!  What started as a Colorado “we need the moisture” thunderstorm turned into a property-damaging “we didn’t need the moisture that bad” hail storm.  The storm will move on but almost certainly will leave behind a fair bit of damage.  Afterwards, you can see the leaves on the ground, a broken window or two, a cracked windshield; but what about what you can’t see?

Your roof most likely took one hail-of-a beating.  It will need to be inspected for hail damage.  A professional roofing company can be called, and many will inspect your roof at no charge.  But if you are feeling ambitious and want to look right away, here are some things to look for when inspecting your roof for potential hail damage.

A damaged roof will leak.  It’s just a question of when.  And a damaged roof will need immediate attention as it will only get worse if you don’t repair it.

Before climbing up on the roof, walk around your home and check things like gutters, downspouts, vents and flashings. The damage on the metal is easy to spot and will also provide an indicator of the size of the hailstones. If you see dents and pits on these metal surfaces, then it’s definitely worth getting up on the roof for a closer inspection.  If you have an asphalt roof, look for granules at the base your downspouts.  Lots of loose granules can indicate hail damage.

Visual signs of hail damage on your roof include patches of missing granules, divots in the shingle and bruising to the shingle.  The ridge cap in the roof is a good place to start as it will be easy to spot hail damage there.   Larger hailstones can leave circular or semi-circular holes and dents in the shingle.   Continue your roof inspection along the soft metal, ridges, valleys and field of shingles.   Soft metal caps dent easily and will reveal hail damage.   In valleys you may find a void between the shingles and the decking area.

Cuts, punctures or indentations that reveal exposed asphalt are indications of hail damage.  These tears and punctures can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.   What will be consistent is the problems your roof will encounter if these issues are left unattended.


At any point in the inspection process, feel free to contact a Colorado roofing company and have an expert walk your roof.  These roofing professionals have years of experience identifying hail damage, repairing the damage and filing a claim with your insurance company.

While the thought of a damaged roof needing repair may feel like a complicated process, a roofing professional can lean on years of experience to simplify the process for you.



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