In Oklahoma, predicting the weather is never easy, but we can almost always rely on thunderstorms rolling through during the spring and summer months. In particularly severe storms, hail can become large enough to damage property, and residential roofs are at great risk for this type of damage. If you think you might have hail damage to your roof, you can follow our guide below to help determine what to do.
Identifying Hail Damage to Your Roof
We do not advise that you get on the roof to inspect hail damage yourself. The best and safest option is to contact a local roofing professional to inspect for damage. However, if you do decide to check your roof for damage yourself, be extremely careful. Wear shoes with a firm grip to prevent slippage, and have a friend or family member on the ground to help you if needed. Our recommendation is to contact us to come out for a free estimate of repair costs.
Just because you don’t see interior leaks doesn’t mean that your roof doesn’t need to be repaired! Below are some of the techniques that can be used to check for hail damage.
- Check for missing shingles. If the storm was strong enough to blow shingles off of your roof, it’s time to give us a call.
- Check your shingles for any obvious cracks, dents, or bruising. If you find a dent, press it gently to see if it gives in under pressure.
- The very peak of the roof is covered with ridge cap shingles. These shingles are at higher risk for damage, since they’re parallel to the ground. If possible, check your ridge caps for damage.
More Than Just Roof Damage
Damage to the roof is the most common type of residential damage as a result of a hailstorm. However, all parts of the home that are exposed to the outdoors are at risk:
- Gutters can often be damaged even easier than roofs during a hailstorm.
- Windows are not usually exposed to falling hail, but strong winds can send hailstones horizontally and break windows.
- Similarly, residential siding can be dented or cracked by hail that is buffeted by wind.
The effects of hail damage in Oklahoma City and the surrounding metro can be devastating, but we’re here to help get your home back into its best possible shape. Call us at (405) 232-6181 to schedule a free estimate, or use our contact form on this page to get in touch immediately.