What Hail Damage Can Do To Your Home
Signs and Steps You Can Take to Identify Hail Damage on Your Home
If you haven’t had a chance to step outside and survey your home for hail damage, today is the day. Don’t waste any more time. If you’re unsure if your home experienced hail damage, we created a list of signs to look for on your roofing, gutters, and siding. If you do not feel comfortable or would rather have a trained storm damage expert evaluate your home, contact us.
Home Solutions of Iowa is your local trusted contractor. We are advanced damage assessment professionals and have vast knowledge and training on how extreme weather can affect your home. Hail and wind can cause serious damage if left untreated, and can have devastating outcomes. Here are some things to look for when inspecting your home after a hail storm like the recent spring storms in Iowa.
Hail Damage on Your Gutters
Dents: Check the surface of your gutters for any visible dents caused by hail impact. Look for irregularities along the length of the gutter, paying close attention to the areas exposed to the direction of the hailstorm.
Cracks or Splits: Hailstones can sometimes cause gutters to crack or split. Inspect the gutters carefully for any signs of damage, such as visible cracks or splits running along the length of the gutter or at joints.
Peeling Paint: Hail can cause the paint on your gutters to chip, crack, or peel. Look for areas where the paint has become damaged, exposing the bare metal underneath. Rust may also be present in these areas.
Loose or Misaligned Sections: Hail can dislodge gutter sections or cause them to become misaligned. Walk around your home and visually inspect the gutters to ensure they are securely attached and properly aligned. Look for any noticeable gaps or loose connections between sections.
Granule Accumulation: If your roof has asphalt shingles, hail can cause the protective granules on the shingles to dislodge. Check your gutters for an excessive accumulation of these granules, as they may indicate hail damage to your roof.
Hail Damage on Your Roof
Accumulated Debris: Look for any debris that has fallen from your roof, such as broken shingles, granules, or fragments of other roofing materials. Finding such debris around your property can suggest that your roof has experienced hail damage.
Dislodged or Damaged Roofing Material: From a safe vantage point on the ground, visually inspect your roof for any visible signs of dislodged or damaged roofing material. Look for areas where shingles appear misaligned, cracked, or broken. Also, keep an eye out for any exposed underlayment or signs of underlying damage.
Water Stains or Leaks: Hail damage can sometimes lead to water penetration. Inside your home, check for any water stains on the ceilings or walls. If you notice water leaks or discoloration, it could be an indication that your roof has been compromised by hail.
Damaged Gutters and Downspouts: While not directly related to your roof, the condition of your gutters and downspouts can provide some clues about potential hail damage. Check for dents, cracks, or other signs of damage on these components, as they may indicate that your roof has also been affected.
How Does Hail Damage Progress If You Ignore it?
Ignoring hail damage is a very dangerous game and can lead to many problems in your home. What could be a minor fix today could be a MAJOR fix tomorrow. With your roofing and siding acting as your home’s first line of defense from the elements when compromised, one of the biggest threats is moisture. Water can penetrate and cause mold, rot, and destruction on the inside of your home. The longer you wait, you increase the number of damaging problems.
The Experts at HSI are Here to Help
HSI is here to help. As your local contractor, we have advanced damage assessment professionals that can provide an extensive and efficient assessment of your home. With a Certified Residential Roofing Inspector on staff and over 20 years of experience in the home improvement industry, we are a full-service exterior remodeling company serving Des Moines and all of Iowa. Contact HSI for your free storm damage assessment.