Living in Utah, it’s safe to say we can have some unpredictable weather, so if you think there’s hail damage on your roof, don’t ignore it!
The National Weather Service defines hail as “precipitation that is formed when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere.” In this colder atmosphere, hailstones form, which are tiny pieces of ice. In warmer areas, the hailstone might melt by the time it gets to the ground, disguising itself as rain, but in the state of Utah, it’s not all that uncommon for us to see hail during thunderstorms.
Hail can also range in size. Weather experts say it can be as small as a bb and as large as a softball. In Utah, we typically don’t see anything all that big, but some areas might be getting up to quarter-sized hail, which can cause quite a bit of damage to your home.
Something that you may not have considered is how common hail is. Hailstorms can happen in virtually any state, and we’ve seen hailstorms becoming increasingly more common in states where it wouldn’t have been expected in the past, like Florida and Texas. So, if you’re living in Utah and you’re not concerned about hail storms and the damage they cause, we’re here to let you know that homeowners and property owners alike should take them seriously.
Spotting Hail Damage on Your Roof
Since your roof is the first line of defense for the rest of your home, it’s essential to locate and fix hail damage on your roof as soon as possible.
Hail damage might look different for all kinds of roofing materials, so here’s what you need to know:
- Damage to asphalt shingles might look like missing granules, impact marks or dents, and marks that are soft to the touch—like a bruise on an apple
- Slate shingles that have damage from hail will be cracked or have small chips taken out of them.
- Wood shingles with hail damage will have split wood and impact dents and marks.
What to do About Hail Damage on Your Roof
Since hail damage to the shingles can cause splitting and dislocation, it’s more than likely that hail damage can lead to a leaky roof, UV light degradation, and algae formation, to name a few issues.
If your home has been the victim of a hail storm, consider having a professional roofing company come out and inspect your roof and make any necessary repairs. By doing this, you’ll find peace of mind that your roof is in good condition and your home is safe from the elements.
Call The Roof Doctor for Roof Repairs
If you suspect hail damage on your roof, The Roof Doctor has you covered with all things roofing. Need a quick repair or a whole new roof? We can do it, and we’ll do it with a work quality that is sure to impress. So don’t wait any longer for an inspection and speedy fix; contact The Roof Doctor today! We serve Salt Lake City, Layton, Orem, Tooele, and neighboring cities in Utah.