Hail Damage and Your Roof

Hail damage
Storm damage

Sands Roofing and Construction is the “roofer near me” in the Lexington and Columbia areas that you can trust to answer your roofing questions in a timely manner. You depend on your roof to keep you and your family dry from rain and safe from hail and windstorms that may frequent the Columbia and Lexington areas. Recognizing hail damage on your roof is not easy and often goes undetected until it turns into a larger roofing problem. Recognizing the most common signs of hail damage on asphalt shingles will help you know when to call a local, professional “roofer near me” in the Lexington and Columbia areas to correct the problem before it gets worse. The three most common signs of hail damage to roofing shingles are missing roof granules, cracked roofing shingles, and dented or bruised roofing shingles.
Missing Granules – The granules on your asphalt roofing shingles can become loose and fall off the roofing shingle for several reasons. It is a good policy to have a professional, local roofer check your roof after a hailstorm to see if your roofing shingles have shed a lot of their granules. Hailstorms are hard on your roof shingles and can loosen the granules and weaken your roofing system. A roof inspection by a qualified local professional roofer who specializes in the Lexington and Columbia areas will detect loose granules, exposed roofing felt, and plywood sheathing which are all indications of hail damage.
Cracked Shingles – If the granules on your roofing shingles become loose the shingles will weaken and become dry and brittle. During a hailstorm, these weakened shingles will crack or curl. A local licensed roofer can easily Identify cracks in your roofing shingles. While other reasons may cause cracks in your roofing shingles, cracks are a common sign of hail damage on asphalt roof shingles in the Lexington and Columbia areas.
Bruised or Dented Shingles – Bruises on your roofing shingles are also a common sign of hail damage. However, finding bruises in shingles is not an easy task. Oftentimes, finding bruises can only be done by touch. Bruises cause a softening of the roofing material that weakens your roofing system. A professional licensed roofer will be able to detect bruises in your shingles. Dented shingles or small round or tear-shaped dents in your gutters, downspouts, or metal flashing are a common sign of hail damage. Again, a professional local roofer will be able to detect these pitted spots where hail has weakened your roof.
Repairing Hail Damage to Shingles – While some hail damage may be cosmetic, other hail damage can lead to even more serious problems. Damaged shingles will fail to keep water out of your home. Damaged roofing shingles become vulnerable to wind, sun, cold and water. Water can easily seep into the underlayment or decking beneath your shingles. A weakened roofing system can leave your home vulnerable to serious damage and costly repairs. If you suspect you have roof damage, be sure to call a professional roofer in the Lexington and Columbia areas to inspect your roof.
Your local, professional roofer in the Columbia and Lexington areas is your best avenue to a healthy, functional roof. Sands Roofing and Construction serves the Columbia, Lexington, and surrounding areas. We can answer your roofing questions. 1.803.520.6154