How can you tell if your roof has hail damage in Dallas, TX?

Discovering hail damage Dallas, TX

Unfortunately, it’s that time of the year. While spring and summer have many perks, storm season can be a cause of concern for homeowners. Homes in Dallas, TX are subject to random occurrences of hail, hail that can range from pea size to golf ball size. There isn’t a whole lot you can do to protect your roof. Frankly, all you can do is inspect it after a hail storm to determine whether or not it’s damaged and in need of repair. Here are some ways to tell if your roof has hail damage Dallas, TX:

Ways to check from the ground

You don’t necessarily have to get on top of your roof to notice hail damage. You may have to do so to confirm it, but there are indications that can enlighten you to hail damage while observing from the ground.

Dented gutters or downspouts

hail damage Dallas, TXThese drainage helpers are often made out of PVC or some type of plastic. Therefore, any significant hail storm might dent them. You can see or feel dents on downspouts while on the ground. However, because gutters run horizontally, they will suffer a more direct impact from hail. Grab a step ladder and see if you find any dents to your gutters, either visually or by running your hand across the surface.

Siding, windowsills, outdoor AC unit

Other areas of your establishment that you can check include siding, windowsills, AC unit and mailbox. Outdoor AC units, and mailboxes in some instances, are made of metal. It’s much easier to notice dents and dings on metal than it is wood or asphalt. Give each of these areas a solid look over to assess hail damage Dallas, TX.

Patio deck and shed cover

Your patio deck may be covered by the same material as your actual roof. The difference is your patio deck is lower, particularly if you live in a two-story home. You can scan for deficiencies on your patio deck from a ladder, without having to climb on top of the deck. Also, an outdoor shed made out of wood can give you a close up look to hail damage.

Ways to check atop the roof

First off, be safe. Make sure you have either work boots on or shoes with good tread before you climb on top of a roof. In addition, make sure your ladder is in a sturdy position, free from any wobble.

Once atop your roof, first check the metal parts. For example, vents, chimneys, or skylights. Metal will reveal dents and dings in the most obvious manner.

Next, you can finally check the actual roof shingles. Most North Texas homes are covered by asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are tricky in revealing hail damage. You’ll want to look for any discoloration or absence of granules. Basically, you want to look for any little spot on your roof that does not look like the rest of your roof. Missing granules will show little black spots apart from the surrounding granules. You can also check for granules that may have fallen into your gutters.

At this point, you’ve found literal damage to your roof. It’s time to have it checked out. Neglected hail damage to your roof could result in leaks. It also weakens the roof, making it susceptible to greater damage from follow-up hail storms.

Take a piece of chalk with you when you climb onto your roof. Any and all dents should be circled in order to make the damage noticeable to the roof inspector. You’ll either be in need of roof repair or roof replacement. The expert roofer will advise you of what is needed once the inspection is complete. You will also want to contact your homeowners insurance, as most insurance companies will cover roof damage from hail.

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