How to spot hail damage

Hail isn’t an if in Oklahoma. It’s a when.

You’re going to get hail damage on your roof, and if you don’t spot it before it becomes an issue, you might wind up with worse problems—roof leaks and water damage.

Fortunately, it’s possible to diagnose some of the symptoms of hail damage yourself.

How NOT to look for hail damage

Before we get into this discussion, we want to make it clear that you should not climb onto your roof to look for damage. It can be easy to slip and fall or damage your roof’s surface, and steeper roof pitches can be very dangerous.

None of the tips we’ll give you here require climbing onto the roof. If you spot one of these warning signs, don’t try to get closer to confirm. Call a professional to double-check.

Signs of hail damage

All of these can be seen from the ground by an amateur with the naked eye. Other checks can be performed on the roof by a trained professional.

Loss of Granules

Asphalt shingles are covered in small granules, which improve durability and help the roof shed water. When these granules are knocked off, the roof can lose its waterproofing. You may note these when you clean your gutters. If the damage is bad enough, you may also be able to see darker areas on the shingles where the granules have come loose—that isn’t always the case, though.

Dings

You don’t have to get up on the roof and look for marks. Hail dings can be seen on objects closer to the ground, like downspouts, mailboxes, siding, garage doors, and shutters. If you see new dings on any of those objects after a storm, your roof likely took a beating too.

Mold or Water Damage

If hail damage has gone unfixed from storms in the past, you might see mold or water damage inside or perhaps around the eaves of your house.

Loose, Torn, or Missing Shingles

These can be a symptom of high winds as well. Whatever the cause, they need to be taken care of immediately.

Hail can kill a roof fast, and if you’ve had a storm pass through recently, your roof may already be damaged. If in doubt, call a contractor. It won’t take long to verify.