3 Common Types of Roof Damage Caused by Hail Stones

Home Improvement

Colorado residents know that hail can be a significant problem, causing damage to home roofing and siding materials, cars, and other property. Colorado is among the leading states for hail damage year after year, making roof repair services Denver CO necessary for most homeowners at some point.

Hail measuring 1-2″ in diameter is a common occurrence during the summertime in Colorado and is quite capable of damaging roofs, particularly when accompanied by high winds. Following a hail storm, it is important for homeowners to inspect their roofs for damage and make any needed repairs to ensure the roof is ready to handle the next big hail storm with as little damage as possible. There are several types of roof damage that hail can cause, and not all are easily spotted from the ground.

  1. Surface Damage

Large hailstones may dent or bruise asphalt shingles. These bruises can be hard to see but present as soft spots on the surface of the shingle. In addition, a strong impact may cause a shingle to lose some of its surface granules. Even if it seems that only a small number of granules have been knocked loose from a shingle, it’s important to further inspect the roof and make the needed repairs. The large amount of force required to break granules from their shingles can cause other damage below the surface of the shingles as well.

  1. Fiberglass Mat Damage

When enough surface granules are stripped from the surface of a shingle, the underlying fiberglass mat may become exposed. Continued impacts may even fracture the fiberglass mat. Tears and cracks in the fiberglass mat layer of a shingle reduce its ability to protect your roof from further weather damage.

  1. Self-Seal Strip Damage

Shingles contain a heat-sensitive adhesive strip that allows them to be self-sealing. Hail strikes, especially when combined with strong winds, can break this self-seal strip, which may lead to the loss of the shingle, as it is more susceptible to being blown off by wind.