How to spot storm and hail damage

Finding hail damage on particular surfaces, such as windows, siding, and even your car can be easy to find – just find the dings and marks. But when it comes to discovering damage on your roof, identifying and preventing potential leaks can be difficult. Hail damage to roof tops often times cannot be seen from the ground, and that’s a big reason why the idea of hail damage hardly ever crosses a homeowner’s mind.

The three types of damage on a roof include bruising, cracking, and missing granules from asphalt. For an efficient roof inspection, follow these steps:

  • Look for cracks in the shingles. Large pieces of hail can cause circular cracks on the shingles after a hard landing.

  • Missing pieces of asphalt will indicate signs of damage. If you find any shingles that expose black substrate, they will need to be professionally repaired before next rainfall.

  • Check for bruising in the shingles. This kind of damage cannot always be visible, so you will have to feel for small dents, pressing to see if you can push it in. If so, the area has begun to deteriorate.

Ignoring the damage to a roof after a storm will only lead to bigger problems down the road.


For more information, check out GAF’s article on how hail affects roofing shingles.