Recent storms may have compromised the integrity of your roof. Damage that goes unnoticed can have serious consequences for your home in the future. It’s important to have your home inspected by an expert that knows how to identify damage.
Hail damage can range from large, highly visible dents and tears to almost undetectable indentations or unnoticeable granule damage. Even small amounts of damage can compromise the integrity of the roofing system, leading to deterioration of the shingles months later. Normally, if a shingle indicates outward damage, the underlying components may be compromised and affected to some degree. On damaged roofs, the hail impact may affect the embedment of the granular surfacing in the asphalt top coating. This loosens the granules, potentially allowing the granules to separate from the coating layer and wash off the roof. Without the granule surfacing, the asphalt top coating is exposed to ultraviolet radiation from ordinary sunlight and will eventually deteriorate, exposing the fiberglass substrate and creating the potential for a leak. On severe hail damage, the fiberglass substrate may be physically broken further, compromising the weather integrity of the shingle. Without visible damage there is no real way to be sure how much damage shingles have encountered. Outward damage may not appear until months or years later.
Think of the granules as sunscreen on your skin. You don’t always know the sunscreen has worn off until you have a sunburn. This is the same concept as granules protecting the asphalt shingles.
When our professionals are evaluating hail damage, they look for the following conditions:
Tears in the Shingle – Tears are normally worse on re-roofs due to the irregular surface support. The main areas showing damage usually include hips, ridges, sides of dragon’s teeth, and butt edges of shingles.
Indentations in the Shingle – Indentations will be either round or half-moon shaped. Some damage may not be visible and will require us to feel for any indentations, or to break the bonds of the shingle and feel the backside for any irregularities.
Excessive Granule Loss – Granule loss is an indicator of possible damage. We check gutters or the ground around the house for loose granules. Accelerated granule loss will significantly reduce the life of the shingle.
Other Collateral Damage:
tree or shrub damage
The biggest mistake homeowners make after a severe hail storm is believing they don’t have damage when they’re unable to see it from the ground.
From storm damage to routine inspections and repairs, Einstein Roofing & Restoration has the experienced personnel you can rely on to solve your roofing and restoration needs. Time and again, insurance companies prefer working side-by-side with our team because of our accuracy and professionalism.