For residents living in Dallas, it is common to experience storms that are accompanied by strong winds and hail. The impact of a hailstorm on a roof may vary depending on a variety of parameters, including hail size, wind speed, wind direction, the material of the roof, age of components, and roof slope. If you have an asphalt shingle roof, you should look out for damage to individual shingles, as well as the rest of the structure. Below are three signs of hail damage on your asphalt roof.
Large hailstones can break or puncture asphalt shingles, causing them to fly away in the wind. Small asphalt particles may get washed away from the roof and into the gutters and downspouts. Look for holes in sections of the roof, as these indicate some shingles are missing. Check the intact shingles for signs of curvature, cracks, or any other form of damage. Also, inspect your home’s perimeter for shingle material.
Modern asphalt shingles have granules made of stone and minerals. The role of these granules is to reflect sunlight, cool the roof, and lower energy costs. The impact of hailstones on an asphalt roof can dislodge granules on the surface, leaving the roof vulnerable to UV damage. After a hailstorm, inspect individual shingles for missing granules. Replace shingles with missing granules to maintain the energy efficiency of the asphalt roof.
If your roof has broken, punctured, or missing shingles, it’s only a matter of time before it starts to leak. If your roof has no underlay, moisture will infiltrate the structure through the gaps. Over time, this can cause water damage to the roof framing, soffit, and fascia. Eventually, the moisture will infiltrate the ceiling and cause water stains and mold growth.
Don’t wait to see water stains on your ceiling to fix hail damage. Instead, inspect your roof after a storm and replace missing or broken shingles to prevent water damage to the structure.
A visual inspection of your asphalt roof after hail damage can reveal shingle damage. Repair your roof promptly to extend its lifespan and protect your home from moisture damage. Contact us today at Vera Roofing and Construction for professional roof inspections and repairs.