How To Know If You Have Hail Or Wind Damage After A Storm

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Did you have a strong storm pass by your commercial building, and now you are wondering if you have damage that needs to be fixed? If so, you need to know what to look for. Here are some signs that you have hail or wind damage from a storm.

Inspect Metal Venting

One part of your roof that is particularly vulnerable is the metal vents across the surface. This metal can be particularly soft and can become damaged during a hail storm. Get a close look at all items made out of metal and make sure that they are in good shape. If you have a metal vent with a crack across the surface, it could allow water to get in the next time it rains, and will need to be replaced or repaired.

Inspect Edges

The common area where shingles tend to become damaged from wind is near the edges of the roof. You should give those shingles more attention than the rest of the roof since it's likely that some of those shingles are on the verge of coming off. Shingles that are loose will need to be secured back to the roof with roofing nails, which may be all it takes to give the shingle some protection. Make sure to fill in the old nail holes with roofing cement so that water does not get into them.

Inspect For Divots

The damage caused by hail can be quite subtle, making it hard to identify. The divots can be as small as what appears to be a scuff mark, but it is actually a place where hail impacted the roof and caused the granules to become loose on your asphalt shingles.

While these shingles may not seem like an immediate reason to be concerned, know that they will eventually lead to a roofing problem a year or two down the road, which is well beyond the range where you can make a claim with your insurance company to cover the repair. What will typically happen is the shingles will wear away, and in the area where the granules are loose, the shingle becomes bare. Eventually, it will start to form a hole in that part of the shingle that allows water to leak through.

When in doubt about the need for roof repair, contact a local commercial roofing contractor like Sanchez Roofing And Construction to inspect the roof for you. They'll let you know the damage that has been done and create an estimate for the repair work.