Some forms of hail damage are more visible and easier to detect during roofing inspections, while others are more difficult to notice – here are the most common signs of damage:
- Signs of damage on metal components – the flashing and the gutters are very sensitive to hail damage, the principle sign of damage in these areas being dents and small, star-like cracks;
- Damage to the ridge cap – the ridge cap being the uppermost edge of the roof, it is also the area that is the most exposed to storms. Check the ridge cap for broken, displaced components, dents and dimples in the area and fix the issue as soon as you can;
- Damage to the roof vents, chimneys and skylights – these components can also sustain hail damage. Skylights and the flashing around them are especially sensitive, they can crack or even break completely. The chimneys should be inspected from top to bottom, including the flashing – look for cracks and chipped parts and fix them quickly.
If you are not sure how to identify hail damage on your roof and you don’t want to make the mistake of overlooking a damaged component, you can call a professional roofer like Colorado Superior Roofing of Lakewood to check your roof for you.