Signs of hail damage and what steps to take

When hail is combined with high wind speeds, roof damage can be severe. Count on a professional to assess the damage.

Residential and Commercial Roofing Projects
Blackhawk Roofing
January 11, 2022

What should I do when hail causes damage to my roof?


Hail damage can severely affect your roof. It can cause dents or cracks in shingles, and can turn into a complete loss of protection over time. Hail can also cause granule loss to the shingles, which can eventually cause leaks in a home. How does one exactly spot hail damage?

  • Look at gutters and downspouts. If your gutters and downspouts have dents, this is an obvious sign that hail damage is likely on the roof.
  • Damage to siding and window sills is also a sign of hail damage. 
  • Damage to air conditioners outside the home could also be a possible sign of hail damage. 
  • Roof damage to things like a satellite dish can be an excellent indication that hail has compromised the shingles. If soft metal flashing on the roof has dents, it is almost certain that the cause is hail. 
  • Granule loss on a shingle is noticeable.

It is easy to observe certain siding and air conditioners on the ground to spot hail; however, not many people want to get up on a roof or are confident that they would even spot the hail damage themselves. Blackhawk Roofing specializes in assessing hail damage. We use drone technology to safely spot hail damage. If you believe that you may have hail damage, please book a drone inspection with us today! We specialize in working with insurance companies to get your roof repairs quickly paid for, and hail damage is covered under most homeowners' policies.

Hail damage to roof
Now that's a lot of hail.

How hail damages a roof

Perhaps your home just suffered storm or hail damage? Or you want to take proactive steps in preparation for the next storm season? While we can't prevent the damage from re-occurring, you can get the necessary roof repairs to ensure your home is as safe as possible.

Roof damage from hail can sometimes appear minor, but the actual damage can be more severe. During a hailstorm, the factors influencing the severity of damage include wind, hail size, and the density of the hail. There are also factors such as falling trees, and debris from other structures can also cause damage.

Hail size itself can vary, and the size can play a significant role in the level of damage. Stones may have rough edges that can cause puncture damage to your roof. If your roof is older or is already damaged, it's even more susceptible to hail damage.

Hail Damage Roof Inspection

It's critical to get a thorough inspection from a roofing expert as soon as possible following a storm. Blackhawk Roofing will identify underlying damage that may not catch your eye. We will work with your insurance company to ensure that the damage gets repaired.

Hail damage on shingles and ridge line

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