What is Hail Damage?
A shingle that is hail damaged has a bruise or puncture which causes the protective top layer of the granules to be removed, and or damages the back of the shingle matting. How soon the shingles will fail after a storm is impossible to predict for sure, but there is a clear correlation between the number of hail hits on the roof, and the depth that each hail stone penetrated the shingle. In all cases, if a shingle is damaged by hail, the useful life is reduced. In some cases, the shingles may be damaged but no noticeable issues reveal themselves until a later point; over time the sun’s uv rays, water, snow etc. can further weaken and break down areas that had granules disturbed by hail impact.
It is important to have an experienced professional check your roof for hail, as it takes a trained eye to discern hail damage from normal wear in tear. In most cases, hail damage is only visible when standing on the roof and physically inspecting specific shingles.
About Our Roof Inspections
At Pinnacle Roofing we are constantly working to further educate ourselves on the technical aspects of our industry. Over the years, our team has worked with a number of insurance adjusters and attended training seminars, to improve our competency in assessing storm damage. When you call Pinnacle Roofing to complete a roofing inspection, we conduct our assessment in a similar manner to your insurance adjuster. For a typical inspection here is what to expect. One of our team members will knock on your door and introduce themselves. They will then conduct a detailed inspection of the exterior of your home (siding, windows, deck, gutters furniture etc) and roof. Many times, if there are hail hits on your home’s exterior (such as on downspouts or windows), it is a good indicator that damages may be present on the roof. During the roof inspection, our team will closely inspect the roofing components to see if damage from hail is present. Some common items inspected are:
- All roofing slopes
- Air vents
- Chimney covers
Pinnacle Roofing will then take photos and document any damages discovered. We commonly use chalk as a way to reveal where dents were present in our photos. In addition to inspecting for hail, we also will look for roofing installation defects and or any maintenance issues. Upon the conclusion of our inspection, we will explain the next steps depending on our findings.
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LEED Accredited Professional BD+C -Training in sustainable building practices
Chief Building Certified – Training in the installation of commercial metal buildings
OSHA 10 hour training- Training in proper job site safety practices
Certainteed Master Shingle Program – Completed Manufacturer test on proper shingle installation applications and adheres to install manual guidelines.
Malarkey Certified Residential Contractor- Completed Manufacturer test on proper shingle installation applications and adheres to install manual guidelines.
IKO Shield Pro Plus Contractor- Adheres to install manual guidelines for manufacturer and participates in their exclusive Contractor program.
Mastic Training – Training in proper siding installation practices for mastic vinyl and hardboard siding products.