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How Hail Affects Roofing Shingles

Weather in Denver Colorado can be unpredictable, turbulent, and sometimes dangerous with clear, blue skies giving way to damaging hail in a matter of minutes. When an unexpected hail storm hits, Denver residents often find themselves trapped inside worrying about hail damage roof repair, car repair, and physical injuries.

At PRQ Exteriors we understand the worry homeowners face regarding hail damage roof repair, but it is important to remember that you cannot control the weather. Instead of worrying about the possibility of damage, take the time to learn how to detect hail damage when it occurs and the course of action to take when you suspect damage.

Today, the PRQ Exteriors team is answering all of your questions on hail damage roof repair. Keep reading below for the answers.

 

How can I tell if my shingles have been damaged?

Hail damage is most often seen as small indentations or fractures on the surface of a shingle. Because hailstones vary not only in size and shape, but also the direction and velocity that they hit the surface, they often create random patterns of dents on the surfaces they impact. In addition to obvious indentations on your shingles, you can also look for dents in metal flashing, your siding, and chimney.

 

Common Types of Shingle Damage

Granule Loss

Granule loss at points of impact noticed both immediately after and gradually following a storm can lead to advanced aging of the shingle due to the asphalt coating being directly exposed to the elements. Many amateur roofers assume granule loss is only cosmetic and can be fixed by adding loose granules to damaged shingles. This assumption is incorrect and shingle repair should always be handled by a professional contractor.

 

Cracks In Surfacing

Cracks in the granule-asphalt surfacing often radiate out from the point of hail impact. Cracks are especially prevalent if hail storms were accompanied by strong winds.

 

Fractured Fiberglass Mat

Fractured fiberglass mat can lead to obvious tears starting at the point of impact, but can also result in hidden damage that reveals itself as cracks with time.

 

Exposed Fiberglass Mat

Exposed fiberglass mat is caused by hail shattering the granule-asphalt surfacing causing it to pull away from the fiberglass mat below.

 

What To Do If You Suspect Shingle Damage

After a severe hailstorm, the team at PRQ Exteriors always recommends having a professional contractor inspect your property. They will be able to look for signs of damage that may go unnoticed to the untrained eye until it is too late. A professional contractor will also be able to tell you the extent of the damage and advise you on the best course of action, whether that means replacing individual shingles, a section of the roof, or a total roof replacement.

 

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As we head into the summer storm season, the team at PRQ Exteriors is here for you. If you suspect you need hail damage roof repair after a storm don’t delay action, call our team at 303-214-0703 to schedule your free home inspection!

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