It’s always a good idea to check your roof for signs of damage after an extreme weather event like a thunderstorm or a hailstorm. The more conspicuous signs of damage would be fairly easy to spot, but what about the ones that are easy to miss?
Some types of roofing systems are more susceptible to the blunt impact of hailstones, and you need to keep an eye out for certain signs of damage on different types of roofing systems. Exterior Building Solutions, one of the top roofing contractors in the state, lists what you need to look for below.
Damage to Asphalt Roofs
Asphalt roofs are a popular choice among homeowners because of their durability and versatility, but, even with a relatively sturdy material like asphalt, your roof can be still easily damaged by hail. Listed below are the parts you need to check after a hailstorm:
Metal Flashing – Large hailstones can dent on your metal flashing.
Downspouts and Gutters – These can also be dented by hailstones; evidence of damage to asphalt shingles can also be found here. Hailstones might loosen some of the protective granules on asphalt shingles, and some of these dislodged granules might end up in the gutters.
Roof Shingles – Look for any exposed roof patches stemming from dislodged granules. The shingles might also suffer cracks.
If you find any of these, call a contractor specializing in residential roofing service as soon as possible as the exposed patches subject the underlayment of your roof to rain.
Damage to Metal Roofs
Metal roofs are more susceptible to the blunt impact of hail, although the extent of the damage would usually depend on the severity of the hailstorm and the quality of the roof itself. Listed below are the things you need to keep an eye out for on a metal roof:
Scratch Marks – Hailstones can remove some of the metal roof’s outer coating, resulting in long scratch marks around the roof.
Dents – These have to be fixed as soon as possible as dents can quickly rust and deteriorate the condition of your roof.
There are more subtle signs of roof damage, however. That’s why it’s important that you only hire experienced contractors.
Exterior Building Solutions is a family-owned contractor with more than a decade of experience. In addition to residential roof repairs, we also offer commercial roof installation services. To get a free estimate, call (314) 729-7663, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in St Louis, MO.