Did you recently have a hail storm in your area, and now you are wondering if it did damage to your roof that needs to be repaired? If so, it will help to know the signs that you have hail damage.
The first thing that you should do is take a look at the bottom of your downspouts. If the hail was big and came down strong enough, you'll start seeing small granules that were knocked off the shingles and ended up washing down the downspouts. If the granules are not on the ground near the downspout, they may be collecting in the gutters along with other debris.
You should also be able to see missing granules by going up to the roof on a ladder and taking a close look at them. If you see shingles within your immediate area that are clearly bare and missing granules, you are going to have a problem. This prevents the shingles from receiving protection from the sun and will eventually cause damage over time.
You should also check for indentations on the roof where the hail came in contact with the shingles. Hail damage can be really tough to stop because the small indentations that are left behind may not be as clear as you think. Indentations can look like small black spots where the shingles have now become discolored, and these areas will become more weak over time. However, a big indentation that was strong enough to take out a chunk of the shingles will be easy to spot.
A hail storm can also cause the shingles to become become loose. It can cause the adhesive to become loose and cause the shingles to flap in the breeze and allow water to get underneath. These loose shingles may not be incredibly obvious as well, especially if the wind is blowing in the wrong direction.
A crack can also happen if the impact from the hail is quite strong. While cracks should be fairly easy to spot, it will not be as obvious if you are not willing to go up on the roof and look closely at all your shingles. That is why you may want to bring in a professional to inspect the roof for you. They'll be able to walk on the roof's surface and spot all hail damage to let you know how bad it is.
Contact a roofing company in your area to learn more.