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How To Detect Roofing Hail Damage

How To Detect Roofing Hail Damage

roof hail damage Dedicated Roofing Calgary

In June 2020, a hailstorm hit Calgary and damaged approximately 70,000 homes and vehicles. The city estimated damages to be around $1.2 billion making it the fourth costliest natural disaster in Canada. Identifying hail damage on your car or patio furniture is simple as it is easy to spot round dents; however, hail damage on your roof can be tricky to spot and serious damage might not always be visible to the untrained eye.

After a heavy hailstorm, it’s best to schedule a roof inspection with your local Calgary roofing company, they know what signs to look out for and can give you an accurate assessment of your roof’s health. But if you want to scope out the damage beforehand here is a guide on what to look out for!

Cracked or Missing Shingles

If hail hits hard enough it can cause cracks to your shingles, when combined with strong winds, shingles can get blown off. This exposes your roof to the elements and can cause more serious long-term issues.

Dents in the Metal

Similar to the metal on your car, hail damage can create circular dents, the size will depend on how hard the hail hit and its size. Check for dents in your flashing, roof vents, eavestrough, downspouts or metal valleys. All these elements divert water away from your roof, if it is damaged, water can pool and seep into the roof.

Dark Spots or Bruises

Dark spots on your roof are a sign that the protective fibreglass mat is damaged. This is typically a more serious sign of hail damage. This might not always be easy to spot, so it is best to contact your Calgary roofing experts if you see uneven dark spots on your roof.

Granule Loss

The granules give your shingles that sandpaper-like texture, it acts as the first layer of defence protecting your roof from the elements. Large hail and strong wind gusts can wear these off, you will often see these granules collected in your eavestrough and downspouts.

Roofing Products Designed to Withstand Hail Damage

Our Calgary roofing professionals recommend using high-quality roofing shingles specially designed to protect your roof from hail damage. If you live in an area prone to heavy hailstorms, we recommend Malarkey Legacy® shingles. They have a Class 4 rating for impact, this is the highest rating you can get. Malarkey Legacy ® shingles are 1 of only 4 shingles in the country to score excellent or good in every performance category of the latest Hail Impact Study by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).

Hail damage can cause more serious long-term effects on your property. Your shingles protect your roof and keep it dry, strong hail storms can jeopardize the structural integrity of your home. Calgary hail damage can cause small cracks that allow water to seep into your roof’s underlayment. Over time, this can result in mold, mildew, and wood rot.

Scheduling an inspection can help you save on more costly repairs and protect your family from future roofing problems. At Dedicated Roofing and Exteriors, we specialize in roof repairs, replacements and inspections. Our trained Calgary roofing professionals can detect signs of hail damage before it becomes a more serious issue. Call us at (403) 923-0000 or schedule an inspection online, we provide free no-obligation estimates!