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It’s often difficult to determine whether or not a shingle roof needs to be replaced after a hail storm because damage is not readily evident. The amount of damage a hail storm can do depends on a number of factors:
An inspection is needed to determine the extent and type of damage. You can do it yourself, or call an Absolute Roofing professional to do it for you. Recognizing the difference between hail damage and normal wear on a roof can be difficult for the non-professionals. Recognizing which is responsible can make the difference in your insurance covering the repair or replacement or you having to pay for it yourself.
Whether your roof is asphalt, clay or concrete tiles; metal or synthetic roofing or cedar shingles will affect the extent of damage caused by an average or severe hail storm.
A direct impact of hail on shingle is more damaging than that of a glancing blow. A steeply sloped roof will do better if the hail is coming down fairly straight, but if the wind is blowing the hail at more of an angle, there is more likelihood of damage to a steeply sloped roof.
Damage to metal fixtures such as gutters and flue vents will show hail damage more readily, though is generally does not hinder functionality.
Condensing fins on air conditioning systems can be affected by a driving hail storm. Damage of this type can adversely affect the performance and reliability of the system.
Siding, whether it is vinyl, shingle or can show pock-marks, shredding, and chipped paint as a result of a driving hail storm.
Inspection of the roof, siding and auxiliary areas should be performed as soon after the storm as is safely possible. Making a note of damage, and documenting the date and time of the storm, then notifying your insurance company can protect you against damage that doesn’t show immediately.
There are many factors to consider:
A single hailstorm may not cause obvious damage, but it can reduce the full life of your roof