Summer storms in the Midwest can range from a light rain to a storm cell that brings high winds and hail. Even though it may only hail for a few minutes, hail can cause significant damage to your roof and gutter system. With the recent hail storms that have passed through Nebraska and Iowa, it’s important to be sure that your home did not fall victim to hail damage. Even though it can be difficult to evaluate your roof from the ground, it’s good to know what to look for after a hail storm blows through your neighborhood.
One of the easiest types of damage to evaluate from ground level after a storm blows through is on your gutters and downspouts. If your gutter system is significantly dented or disfigured, chances are your roof may need to be heavily repaired or completely replaced.
When it comes to your shingles, hail damage can happen in a variety of ways. Three major signs of hail damage on asphalt shingles include:
- Missing protective granules from shingles
- Cracking or bruising of shingles
- Missing shingles
Having the protective material on a shingle damaged may not seem like a big deal since it isn’t an open hole on the roof. However, once the granules on the shingle have been damaged, the overall integrity of the shingle has been compromised and will not hold up against the elements as well. Compromised shingles are vulnerable to further damage and will eventually lead to interior leaks.
Hail storms that are paired with high winds have the ability to pull shingles completely off the roof. Inspecting your roof for missing shingles will help you avoid interior water damage in the future. Even the smallest leak can result in costly repairs if left unaddressed.
It’s also important to have your vents checked for hail damage. Much like your gutter system, vents can be severely dented or even broken. Even a chipped surface can significantly decrease the efficiency of the vent.
If you have discovered that your roof or gutter system has been damaged after one of the recent hail storms, it’s important to address it quickly to protect the structural integrity of your home. Call Exterior Remodel and Design Roofing today to get a fast, free estimate from the most trusted roofers in Omaha. Our team has become a well-trusted name when it comes to roofing in Omaha, because we are willing to work with our customers and always take pride in doing a job the right way. Our roofers are always updating their knowledge of the industry and strive to leave customers as pleased as possible with their new roof.
With more than 45 years of experience, we are Omaha and Lincoln’s most trusted contractors in roofing, siding and window installation. Contact us by phone at (402) 861-0000, by email, or by contact form.