Identifying Colorado Roof Hail Damage

Identifying Colorado roof hail damageDuring a hailstorm, more than just your vehicles are potentially vulnerable to damage and future repairs. Identifying Colorado roof hail damage needs to be done quickly to avoid losing out on a potential homeowners insurance claim. 

When we talk about damage from hail, many people often picture the windshield of a car riddled with holes, or the hood of a car with monstrous dents. When hail storms happen, they can damage much more than just your car… They can damage your home.

The roof or covering of your home are also at serious risk during a hailstorm. Hailstorm damage can be destructive and the amount of damage can vary wildly.

Here are just some factors that affect the type and degree of damage that may be caused by a hailstorm:

  • Wind – During a hailstorm, wind direction and speed vary, but impact the level of damage tremendously. Changes in wind conditions affect the location and severity of hail impacts.
  • Size and density – The size of the hailstones affect the degree of damage to your property. A hailstone can be as small as a pea, or as large as a softball. Most hailstones do not have smooth edges. These jagged edges can greatly impact the amount and severity  of damage. Softball-sized hailstones can be dense enough and strong enough to puncture completely through a roof.
  • Building materials – Different types of building materials absorb hail impacts differently. As an example, hail can cause dents in aluminum siding, gutters or asphalt shingles, but it can crack vinyl siding or wood shakes. The age and condition of these materials could affect the degree of damage suffered by your roof or siding.
  • Barriers – As sad as it is to say, we hope your neighbor’s house is close enough they absorb most of the impact. Neighboring houses and natural barriers, like trees and bushes, provide a barrier for your home to avoid hail damage.

Identifying Colorado Roof Hail Damage

Different shingles react in various ways when struck by hail. Hail damage to asphalt and composition shingles looks very different than hail damage to wood shingles. It is important to know the different effects of the damage to properly identify whether or not you have roof damage from hail.

According to Travelers Insurance, the following are a few things you may help you in identifying Colorado roof hail damage are as follows: 

Asphalt and Composition Shingles Hail Damage

  • Random damage with no discernible pattern
  • Hail hits that are black in color
  • Loss of granules, which may expose the roof felt
  • Asphalt and/or mat that appears shiny
  • Hail hits that are soft to the touch, like the bruise on an apple

Wood Shingles Hail Damage

  • Random damage with no discernible pattern
  • A split in the shingle that is brown/orange in color
  • A split in the shingle that has sharp corners and edges
  • A split in the shingle that has little to no deterioration at the edges
  • Impact marks or dents along the splits

There are many other types of damage to shingles that can be mistaken for hail damage. Normal wear and tear includes:

  • exposure to inclement weather and sunlight
  • blistering
  • cracking
  • granule loss
  • flaking
  • Algae

Hail Damage to a Colorado RoofYou should also be aware and vigilant of manufacturing defects and mechanical imperfections in shingles as these can also be mistaken for hail damage.

If you believe your home has sustained damage from hail, call us today for your free roof inspection. Many insurance companies will encourage you to call them first. We do not recommend this as their job is to do whatever they can to deny your claim. Our first interest is in helping you get that same insurance claim approved.

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