Hail harms different roof types in a variety of ways. Your roof’s materials determine the type of damage hail storms leave behind when they strike your area. Different types of hail-related roof damage include the following:
- Asphalt Shingle Roofs: Hail leaves dents in asphalt shingles, which often results in granule loss on individual shingles throughout the roof. Granule loss exposes the shingles’ roofing felt, and the hailstones can create soft spots on the shingles they hit. When the shingles don’t have granules to protect them, they can expand as the temperature rises and drops. All this damage leads to leaks and mold growth on and underneath your roof.
- Slate and Tile Roofs: Hail often punctures slate tiles, leaving small holes in each tile. Clay and ceramic tiles also sustain hail damage, but it often cracks these tiles instead of leaving punctures. These types of damage also lead to leaks and water damage, and they require specific roofing services to repair them properly.
- Flat Roof Membranes: Hail hits flat roof membranes and leaves depressions that don’t look like much at first. However, these depressions can create future cracks in your membrane if you don’t take care of them. Out of the different flat membranes we work with, TPO is most vulnerable to hail damage. EPDM membranes and built-up roof systems are more resistant to damage during hail storms.
These are the common types of hail damage that these roof types sustain. However, high winds, changing temperatures, and additional precipitation can increase the amount of hail damage your roof receives.