Inspecting Hail Damage: Asphalt Shingle Roofs
Hail storms can wreak havoc with your roof. It’s a good idea to inspect your roof each spring for possible damage, particularly if hail is common in your area. It’s best to ask a qualified roofing contractor to do this for you, but if you want to inspect the roof yourself, there are a few things to look for.
Roofer Tips – Asphalt Shingles Hail Damage Inspection
- First of all, be safe. Make sure your ladder is in good condition, the weather is calm and dry, and you wear rubber-soled shoes before attempting to climb on the roof. It’s also a good idea to have someone hold the ladder steady while you climb onto the rooftop.
- Look for damage to soft metal on the roof. This is the most obvious place to see indentations from hail. Check vents, flashing and skylights for damage.
- Check the ridges of the roof since that’s the section that will take the most direct hits from the hail.
- Finally, inspect the shingles for damage. Asphalt shingles, in particular, are susceptible to damage from hail. Look for any obvious signs, such as circular cracking or indentations.
If you do find signs of damage, contact a qualified roofer. He can make recommendations regarding what type of repair is needed, and he can also contact your insurance company if you ask him to do so.
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