How To Identify Grand Rapids Roofing Hail Damage
With some parts of your property, noticing hail damage isn’t a problem at all. It’s not difficult to determine whether metal has been struck by hail, for instance. But when it comes to roofing, there could be serious damage that goes completely unnoticed, and it could be detrimental to the health of your roofing. If you suspect that hail has damaged your Grand Rapids roofing, you’ll often need the help of a professional to find out.
Even if the amount of damage to your roofing seems small, if it’s not taken care of quickly it can become more expensive and more complicated. Having a professional inspection of your Grand Rapids roofing once every three years will help prevent any detrimental problems from from developing. You should also have a roofing inspection any time you suspect your roofing may have sustained any damages. The quicker you can catch any problems, the less damage they’ll be able to do.
Insurace companies will often pay to repair a roof that has been damaged by hail. But you will need to have your roofing professionally inspected and assessed beforehand. Insurance adjusters require a professional opinion before they’ll pay for the work to be done. Often, however, you can check for any signs of hail damage before you call in a professional.
Here are some indications that your roofing may have been damaged by hail:
- The metal parts of your roofing are dented.
Any metal parts of your roofing will more visibly display damage by hail. If you have any metal roof vents, metal flashing, or metal valleys, check to see if you can find any dents made by hail there first. If you find signs of Grand Rapids roofing hail damage on the metal, there’s a good chance your roof is damaged. If you don’t, the chances are more slim, but you’re not necessarily in the clear.
- Your ridge cap is damaged.
For this, you’ll need to get a ladder and check the top of your roofing. There, you’ll find the ridge cap of your roof. The ridge cap is flat, so if you do have any Grand Rapids roofing hail damage, it will be most noticeable here. Also check the shingles and their edges for signs of damage.
- Major signs of hail damage.
There are three major signs of Grand Rapids roofing hail damage:
- cracking, and
- granules missing from asphalt.
If you find any missing pieces of asphalt on the roof, or any shingles with exposed, black substrate, they have been hit and damaged by something.
Bruising in the shingles occurs when the hail leaves a dent that isn’t very visible. Run your hands over the shingles to find any small indentations. If you think you feel any, press down to see if it will succumb to pressure. If it does, it could be the early stages roofing deterioration.
Large hail, if it hits your Grand Rapids roofing hard enough, can create circular cracks in the shingles.
Look out for any of these signs. And if it’s unsafe for you to climb your own roof, never hesitate to call a Grand Rapids roofing professional for an inspection of any assistance.