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Roof Hail Damage

Puja Lalwani Nov 17, 2018
Roof hail damage is something everyone has to deal with at some point of time. The sooner it is taken care of, the better it is. The write-up here helps you to detect and repair your roof after a tornado.
Most homeowners get their roofs ruined due to windstorms. While it may be expected to occur only during rough weather, it can still cause unforeseen destruction. Hail is solid and circular and may vary in sizes from those of peas to golf balls.
As such, it is likely to seriously ruin any surface it may hit (cars to homes). Detecting and identifying roof hail damage is essential to prevent further problems like those of leakage and water collection.


To be able to detect damage, carry out a thorough inspection after a storm. However, ensure that you exercise all necessary caution.
  • Check in and around the shingles for signs of wreckage. For instance, you may notice dents on the shingles of varying sizes from small to large. Also, check the metal vents.
  • Check for a collection of asphalt granules in the roof gutter. These may be settled or evenly distributed along the gutter.
  • Take a close look at the shingles. You will be able to tell if the entire top or one particular part has a consistent pattern of devastation. If you notice a recurring pattern, then it could be because of the storm.
  • Shingles will have uneven or broken edges if broken by hail. Similarly, a ruin in the shape of dogs' ears is another indicator. If you notice this pattern on a majority, ice is the likely culprit.
  • A powerful storm is likely to cause holes. These holes may have different shapes and sizes. In some cases, a liner may be present into which the ice chunks may have penetrated. As such, you cannot rely only on the holes as an indicator.
  • Leaks are also a sign of depreciation. Due to this, the shingles may become less resistant to leaks and water collection. Thus, even after a storm, you need to keep a watch on your ceiling for any signs of leakage.
It may be unsafe to go up on your parapet immediately after a drastic weather change, as it may be slippery. Also, a steep slope above can be dangerous. Do not try to check for signs of destruction, if you are doubtful about being able to climb up to take a look. Take the help of a professional to do so.


  • When a roof has suffered after a gale, it may have to be replaced (either some parts or the whole).
  • While replacing the parts, it is important to remember that such an instance may occur again in the future. So, after detecting the problem, file a claim with your insurance company.
  • They may be able to partly reimburse you for the cost on repair.
  • Ensure that you do so within a week of the incident, as some companies do not help if the complaint is reported after the stipulated time frame.
  • To begin repairing, remove all the water clogging in different parts of the ceiling.
  • Repair the ruined shingles by inserting flashings (use apt materials).
  • Finally, seal the cracks with a good-quality cement.
Do not ignore the necessary inspection after a storm, as subsequent damage can lead to further problems. These problems may not be noticed until much later, when the deterioration has spread to the interiors of your house in the form of a leaky ceiling and other such problems.