Hail damage removes some of the granules from your shingles and speeds up the aging of your shingles. It will also likely void the manufacturer’s shingle warranty.
If your area has recently experience hail, you should check for potential roof hail damage as soon as possible. Most insurance companies have a time limit on claiming roof hail damage so don’t wait to put in the claim and make sure you have recorded the exact date that the damage occurred.
Look for These Three Signs
An asphalt shingle hit by hail will show a bruise – a dark spot where the granules have been knocked off, exposing the asphalt. If it’s a brand new hit, the spot will be shiny because the asphalt is freshly exposed.
Hail may also dent the metal components of your roof – flashing, valleys, and gutters. Even if you don’t want to get up on your roof, you can simply check your gutters and downspouts for an unusual amount of granules displaced from the shingles.
Does Your Roof Need Replacing?
Depending on the severity of your roof hail damage, you may be able to get away with repairs. If the damage covers a good portion of your roof, you will probably need to replace the entire roof.