In the middle of a storm, a sudden bout of hail starts to fall and you likely wince at the idea that all those hurling ice pieces are wreaking havoc on your roof. While you may already know as a homeowner that hail damage can be a big deal, what you may not know is that you could sustain hail damage to your roof and not even realize that there is a major problem until later. Whether your roof is made of of metal sheets or asphalt shingles, hail stones have a sneaky way about causing damage that is not immediately visible. Here is a closer look at how a hail storm could affect your roof long after the storm has passed.
Hail can loosen the hardware fastening your roofing in place.
You look up from the ground after a hail storm and it appears your roof really hasn't changed like you expected, so if you are like a lot of homeowners, you will never have your roof properly assessed. One of the problems that can come up in spite of your roof looking fine is loosened roofing fasteners. If the screws that hold down metal roofing sheets or the nails that hold down shingles sustain a hard enough blow, it can loosen them right from their affixed spot, which could make the rest of the roofing materials more likely to be blown off during a storm or susceptible to water damage.
Hail stones can crack and break asphalt shingles.
Asphalt shingles are generally thought to be more durable during a hailstorm, and they usually are because the material is better capable of absorbing the sudden shock of the hail's strike as it rains down. However, one of the problems with an asphalt shingle roof after a hailstorm is the fact that the sudden impact can cause cracks and breakage to individual shingles. These damaged shingles can leave you more likely to develop leaks down the road.
Hail stones can compromise the lifespan of your entire roofing system overall.
From the eaves and overhangs to the gutters and metal flashing, hail can take a toll on your roof and all of its components. Even if there is no obvious damage after one hailstorm, repeated occurrences will mean that all of these components will be far less likely to make it through their intended lifespan, which means you will have to seek replacement and repairs much quicker than usual.
Contact a company like Alpen Roofing to have your roof inspected and repaired after a hailstorm.