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Understanding And Repairing Hail Damage

There are many types of damage your home may sustain during a storm. For example, wind gusts can knock tree limbs onto your roof, causing shingles to fall off, or heavy rain can seep into your home's exterior siding, resulting in water leaks and mold growth. In the event of a thunderstorm, you may experience not only heavy rain and wind but also the formation of hail, which can wreak havoc on your home's exterior.

The 411 on Hail Damage

It may be surprising to learn that hailstones can range from the size of a pea to the size of a softball. Unfortunately, no matter if they are small or larger in size, hailstones can become problematic.

A common misconception people have is that hailstones will only damage metal roofs. Therefore, if you have metal roofing panels, you may worry that the hail will cause dents and dings in the roof, which is likely. However, hailstones can damage all types of roofing materials.

Hail falls from great heights, so even if the stone is small, it can put enormous pressure on metal roofs, asphalt shingles, or cedar shake roofs. If the hailstones are larger, the damage can be even more severe.

Signs of Hail Damage

After a storm, you should spend time inspecting the roof and other areas of your home. Knowing the signs of hail damage is smart.

Obviously, if shingles have fallen off the roof and are laying around the home's foundation, your roof sustained damage. You should also check the actual roof for signs of dents and depressions that were most likely made by hail or other falling debris.

Hail can place enough stress on your asphalt shingles that you may see asphalt granules in different areas of the home's exterior. The granules of asphalt may build up in gutters or stick to the sides of your siding, window frames, and the area around your foundation.

Also, if you notice the gutters are dented or other surfaces around the home have visible damage, your roof most likely has damage, too. So, check outdoor grills, patio furniture, and decorative accessories to determine if there is any damage. If you do see dents and dings, your roof shingles probably experienced some distress that needs to be inspected in more detail.

It is also important to thoroughly inspect your siding after a storm even though the rain and hail may hit the roof initially.

Moisture left behind from hailstorms can lead to oxidation/rust on aluminum siding. Also, if not addressed, wood or fiber-cement siding may begin to bubble or rot and decay over time after a storm.

Large hailstones can knock pieces of your vinyl, aluminum, or wood siding off the home's exterior, too. If you are missing pieces of siding after your storm, make sure to have the space behind/under the siding inspected for moisture damage.

Repairing Hail Damage

The type of repair you complete will depend on the amount and severity of damage your home sustained.

Replacing shingles or siding that have been damaged or lost during the storm is key. If your contractor sees any stains or discolorations or the underlayment of the roof feels soft or hollow, it should be replaced before installing the new shingles.

Also, make sure to check and clean out gutters, replacing warped or broken sections of gutters and downspouts to ensure water and debris flows off the roof and away from your home properly. Finally, if your gutters appear to be in good condition after the storm, clean the interior out, especially if granules, leaves, and pine straw have built up.

Contact a company like Select Exteriors for more information about repairing exterior storm damage.