Hail Damage

August 29, 2015

Hail damage is a regular part of living in many parts of the United States. However, despite this commonality, many people still cannot identify whether their roof has been damaged by hail until their roof is leaking. This can be a problem. If you haven’t identified that hail caused the damage it can be difficult to get insurance companies to pay for a roof damaged. Insurance adjusters will require the opinion of a roofer before they’ll consent to covering the damage. Thankfully when you hire Accord Construction Inc., you can depend on their ability to spot the cause of your roof damage – especially hail damage.

We know hail damage can be difficult to identify when you’re looking over your roof. There are usually many visual indicators when your car or patio furniture has been damaged by a hailstorm – typically there are dents involved. But with roofs, it gets a little trickier as the damage isn’t always as blatant. We created this article to help you identify any possible hail damage to your roof. However, if you are having difficulty identifying if your roof has been subject to hail damage, you can call us at (405) 302-5520. At Accord Construction, we have experts who are ready to help.

Major Signs of Hail Damage

There are three major signs of hail damage on a roof: bruising, cracking, and missing granules. Although there will sometimes be other signs such as damage to the metal parts of the roof such as the vents or flashing. Dents are a great indicator of the size of the hail which can help you identify how big the problem could possibly be for your roof.

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Bruising, however, can be harder to find than a dent in the metal parts of the roof. You should search for bruising amongst the shingles – it won’t always be visible. You may have to press on the shingles in order to feel the small dimples or bruises in the surface. If the dimples have a “give” as you press it then it means the shingle has begun deteriorating.

If the shingle is cracked that is another major sign of hail damage. Large hail will often make a circular crack in the shingle. This mostly happens during extremely powerful hailstorms. The harder the hit the more likely a circular crack will appear.

If you’re also missing pieces of shingles or granules then it’s possible they were knocked off by a hailstone. Missing shingles or granules can be a huge issue – they expose your roof to future storms.

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There are other factors that can indicate how severely the hail impacts your home. Wind, for one, can severely alter the effects of hail. Wind direction and speed can change the impact hail has on your roof. The size and density of the hail itself also has an affect on how bad the damage can be on your roof. A hailstone can be very tiny, smaller than a penny, or large, bigger than a softball. The larger hailstones are obviously the ones you really have to watch for when examining your roof, especially since most hailstones have jagged edges, adding an extra layer of possible damage.

Hail doesn’t only damage the roof of a house though. Hail often damages the siding and the windows of a home. Hail can:

  • Crack the siding: cracks that run parallel that are often found mid-way between the valley and ridges of the panel.
  • Chip the siding: which is when a small piece of siding has been broken off.
  • Create holes in the siding: if the storm is severe, hail can rip through the siding and create a hole.
  • Break the glass and damage the seals of a window: if it’s a windy hailstorm, sometimes the hail can break through the glass and seals.

If it’s Hailed Recently – Call us!

Accord Construction is available to help you identify any hail damage to your roof – not only that but our team of insurance specialists we can help you file your insurance claim. Our company is fully licensed and certified. We’re the best choice for professional Oklahoma City roofing. No matter if you need help filing an insurance claim after a storm or if you need to check the structural integrity of the roof, we can help you.
Call us at (405) 302-5520 to book an appointment.

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