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Identifying hail damage to your roof

ABF Roofing and Foam are experts in identifying hail damage and giving you accurate estimates at replacing or repairing damage to your home or business.  If you have had a hailstorm in your area recently and think you may have damage, Call us today and let us help you with your insurance claim.

When hail hits, it can damage the roof or covering of your home as well as other personal property. Although hailstorms can be destructive, the amount of damage can vary greatly. Following are some factors that affect the type and degree of damage that may be impacted by a hailstorm, as well as a guide on how to identify hail damage to different types of shingles and roofing materials.  Call us today and we can help simplify this process for you.

 

Asphalt and Composition Shingles Hail Damage

  • Random damage with no discernable 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.

What Does Hail Damage to Your Roof Look Like?

Shingles can react differently when struck by hail. As an example, hail damage to asphalt and composition shingles can look 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.

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  • Wind – During a hailstorm, wind direction and wind speed can vary. Changes in wind conditions can affect the location and severity of hail impacts.

  • Size and density – The size of the hailstones can affect the degree of damage, if any, 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, which can impact the type of damage they cause.

  • Building materials – Building materials absorb hail impacts differently. For example, hail can cause dings in aluminum siding, gutters or asphalt shingles, whereas it can crack vinyl siding or wood shakes. Alternatively, softball-sized hailstones can be dense enough and strong enough to puncture a roof. Additionally, the age and condition of a roof could affect the degree of damage.

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Wood Shingles Hail Damage

  • Random damage with no discernable 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.

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