In Texas, peak hail season lasts from March through May, so it’s good to keep your eyes peeled in the event that a spring storm brings hail along with it in your neighborhood. If it does, then it’s important to determine whether your home sustained roof hail damage. In this article, your Houston roofing contractors at 314 Roofing will discuss what hail damage looks like and why it should be addressed in a timely manner.
How to Tell if Your Houston Roof Has Been Damaged by Hail
Hail roof damage can appear in many ways. The most common signs that your home has hail damage include:
Dented or Cracked Gutters
Your gutters are a key component of your overall Houston roofing system. They capture rainwater and redirect it away from your roof and out through your downspout. If a hail storm hits your neighborhood, then you might find that your gutters have new dents and/or cracks in them.
Missing Shingle Granules
Asphalt roof shingles, which are the most common type of roof shingle used on residential roofs, are topped off with granules that serve as the outermost layer of protection against rain and hail. Because hail falls at great velocity and force, it can severely impact your roof granules and chip them off the shingles.
Bruised Roof Shingles
In addition to shingle granules taking hail damage, your roof shingles can also become bruised by hailstones, especially if too many granules are missing as this exposes the underlying material.
Hail Roof Damage Must Be Addressed in a Timely Manner
Hail may not seem like much at a glance, but the reality is that hail only needs to be about the size of a quarter to inflict damage on your roof system. If your roof has been damaged for years prior and hasn’t received any roof maintenance or repairs, then hail could further exacerbate the damage on your roof, ultimately resulting in the need for a costly Houston roof replacement earlier than you expected based on your warranty.
314 Roofing in Houston Can Inspect Your Roof For Hail Damage
As spring storms become more frequent and the possibility of hail increases, it’s a good idea to get your roof checked after a hail storm. If you’d like our experienced roofing professionals to inspect your roof, please contact us. We will closely assess your roof, document the damage we spot, and make our best recommendations for how to address the damage. We look forward to keeping you and your roof safe this hail season!