Hail, which is actually large lumps of ice can cause severe damage to your home. A majority of the damage is usually to the roof and siding of homes, but damage can also occur to the gutters from a major hail storm.
Hail damage to the roof isn’t always easily visible. When hail hits your asphalt shingles, it may cause bruising or possibly loosen the top surface of your shingles which isn’t visible to the untrained eye. More visible damage that can occur to shingles as a result of harsh hail is when the fibers of the shingles are exposed as a result of the hail ripping right through the felt mat of the shingles. One last visible area of hail damage is visible dents in the roof vents. Typically visible damage to the roof vents signifies the possibility of further shingle damage and should be closely inspected.
Different types of siding show hail damage differently. Vinyl siding that has been damaged by large hail and harsh winds are easily visible by the homeowner. Large cracks and breaks in the siding are a sign of hail damage and warrant a call to your insurance carrier. If your vinyl siding doesn’t have large, visible dents then it’s unlikely that it’s been damaged by hail.
Aluminum siding presents hail damage differently. When hail and harsh winds hit aluminum siding the end results are large, visible dents in your aluminum siding. It’s not always just the large hail that causes damage to aluminum siding however, sometimes even small hail particles that are thrown at your home by harsh winds can cause large dents in your aluminum siding. Hail can also cause significant cosmetic damage to your aluminum gutters.
Regardless of the extent of the hail damage to your roof, siding or gutters, it’s always worth contacting your local HAAG certified siding company to assess your siding damage.