When most people think of roofing shingles, they are actually thinking of asphalt shingles, the most common type of shingles in the country. They are made out of fiberglass or natural material and are later covered with an aluminum or metallic surface granules. These granules protect the roof from UV rays, enhancing deterioration. Even though roofs are made from durable materials, they still can be affected by many variables.
In general, roofs are most easily damaged by severe storms. One damaged shingle may cause some additional problems, such as damage to the roof deck, interior walls, windows, support structure or even cause water leaks, stains on walls and potential flooding.
In order to prevent further problems and unnecessary costs, you’ll need to keep in mind the degree of the damage to the roof. Some insurance companies have strict policies when it comes to submitting claims for hail damages. In this particular case, it’s better the act fast than wait.
How to Spot Hail Damage
There are many signs to help you detect hail damage, but some of the most common are:
- Bruises, dark spots, dented asphalt shingles
- Broken, cracked or missing tiles, slates, or concrete shingles
- Roof or ceiling leaks
- Missing or loose granules
- Dented roof vents
- Ceiling water spots
Better to be safe than sorry, so keep an eye on the potential damage severe storms may have contributed to your roof.