Weather plays a major role in the health of your roof. Excessive sunshine, rain, snow, winds and hail all contribute the wear of your roof. Significant damage to your roof as well as other personal property is highly likely when hail hits your area. The amount of damage to your roof can vary greatly, however. To determine the extent of damage and recommend the best course of action, it is important to have a professional roofer inspect your roof after a hailstorm. After the evaluation, your roofer may have a few simple repairs, or it is possible the excessive damage leads to a roof replacement. With this in mind, we at Professional Home Roofers would like to take the opportunity to discuss the common impact hail has on your Greater Huntsville, AL roof.
Can Hail Damage Asphalt Shingles?
When hit by hail, the shingles can react differently. In order to determine whether or not you need a roof replacement, it is important to understand the different effects of hail damage. Below are a few common ways hail damages asphalt shingles.
Why are My Shingles Cracking?
With no discernable pattern, the shingles can develop tiny cracks in the granules. By a trained eye is the only way damage can be identified. To point out the damage, your roofer will need to go up your roof and carry out a thorough inspection. Resulting in black coloration, the fiberglass mat or asphalt coating can be dented. A dark dent which radiates out from the area of impact may also show up with a fractured fiberglass mat. More cracks and tears can develop and eventually result in leaks as the shingles continue to age.
Shingles Losing Granules?
The loss of granules and exposure of the roof felt can also be the result of hail damage. On shingles’ surface, the granules are the sandpaper-like layer. The asphalt coating is exposed to the elements, leading to accelerated aging. Much like the bruise on an apple, hail hits can appear soft to the touch sometimes. Softened granules are left behind, which eventually get washed off into the gutter system and downspouts as the hail can weaken the outer layer of shingle. Inspect your gutters and downspouts after hailstorms to see if there are any granules in them when your shingles loose granules.
Why is My Roof Shiny?
On the layer below the granules, an asphalt shingle is protected with an asphalt coating or fiberglass mat. The asphalt coating or fiberglass mat can be exposed to the elements, after the granules have been knocked off by hail.
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No matter if the hail damage leads to repairs or replacements in the Greater Huntsville, AL area, the professionals of Professional Home Roofers can ensure your roof is appropriately serviced for long-term efficiency. Our quality workmanship is executed by fully trained, experienced, and skilled experts that use advanced equipment and premium products. Your roof repairs, replacement, or other roof services are in the best hands with Professional Home Roofers. Call us today to discuss your roofing needs.