When hail falls from the sky and strikes your house, there is a danger it can do damage to your roof. How can you know whether the hail that just hit your house caused damage? It’s pretty simple, really; all you need to do is look for the following signs.
Damaged fascia boards
Fascia boards are narrow wood or vinyl planks that run along the edges of your roof; they provide a finishing touch for your eaves. Fascia board damage is pretty easy to spot if it’s happened.
Hail can knock off paint, leaving behind a discolored board. There may also be dents and indentations in the wood itself. If the damage is severe enough, there may even be fractures or breaks along the length of the board that compromise its integrity.
Punctures in the metal or shingles
The most obvious and immediate way hail can harm a roof is by punching holes in it. Unfortunately, this type of damage is also very difficult to spot from the ground or even with a ladder. Holes might be small enough that they’re not immediately visible from the ground, but they still leak rainwater into your attic and cause damage.
Damaged gutter systems
Large hail can damage your gutter system in a number of ways.
- First, if hail is large enough, it can dent or puncture the metal in your gutters. While you may be able to patch up these holes, they leave your gutters far more vulnerable than they were before.
- Second, large hail can damage the shingles on your roof. Although this may not seem like an issue for your gutter system, damaged shingles often lead to leaks and other water-related issues that can affect your gutters directly.
- Finally, we’ve seen cases where heavy downpours of hailstones can actually bend or warp gutter systems. This kind of damage is rare but very serious. The best way to avoid it is by having gutters installed or replaced by experienced professionals who use high-quality materials.
Dents in the flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys
The flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys are areas that are often overlooked. Hail can cause dents in the flashing, which allows water to get into the attic when it rains or snows. The flashing is designed to be watertight. Once it starts to leak, you could end up with a lot more than just a simple leaky roof.
While there is nothing you can do to completely prevent damage from hail, you can take a few precautions to lessen the damage. Making sure your roof is well-maintained, fixing any leaks, making sure your gutters are properly cleaned out and not full of debris, and making sure you have adequate insurance coverage for hail damage can all play a role in helping your home avoid serious damage from a hailstorm.