You may not always be able to see the damage to your roof, but a trained professional
can. If the necessary repairs are not made immediately, your roof will begin to show
"black spots" from the hail.....breaking down your shingles.
LEAKS will soon follow!
What does hail do to a roof? Shingles are designed
so that the granules block the UV of the sun and protect the asphalt underlayment. As
the shingles age the granules fall off over time. As the asphalt is exposed the UV, it
dries out and the shingle gets a "potato chip" appearance as the corners start to curl up.
A shingle at the extreme end of its life is bubbled in appearance and is brittle to touch.
Hail does several things:
Do I need to get my roof replaced right away? The insidious
nature of hail damage is that it may pose no immediate threat to the structural integrity of the
roof. However, many insurance companies have a "statute of limitations"
of how long a hail claim is viable. If you have experienced a loss such as hail damage
it is prudent to take care of the problem in a timely manner before it leads to other associated
- Accelerates Granule loss.
- Accelerates shingle aging.
- Voids manufacturer's warrantees.
- Leads to other associated problems.
What does a hail hit look like? A hail hit on a shingle looks like
a "bruise" or a dard spot where the granules on the shingle have been knocked off and the asphalt
underlayment and sometimes the fiberglass mat is exposed. New hail hits will have a shiny appearance
because the asphalt has been freshly exposed and has not had time to weather to a dull color.