Summers come with rainstorms, and this is normal. All types of roofs can withstand one or two hailstorms. However, older roofs have reduced capabilities to withstand these strong, destructive forces of nature. With their weakened integrity and stability, a single hailstorm evening can damage your exterior shingles and introduce expensive damages that might leave your roof needing a full-on roof replacement.

On the other hand, is there any way to prevent massive hailstorms on your roofs this summer? Can your asphalt shingle roof hold out against the storm without causing any major problems? The truth is, you can call your professional Littleton, CO roofer to help you inspect the condition of your roof. Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with any additives or improvements that can make your roof ready for multiple hailstorms.

However, we can recommend a set of changes that will help you get your roof and entire property ready for hailstorms this summer.

One is to have a full-on roofing replacement. We know it’s expensive. However, it guarantees your roof can withstand multiple hailstorms with minimal, reparable damages once it’s finished.

Second, our professional team of roofers can inspect and survey the entirety of your roof for any damages and possible penetration points that can cause unattended leaks in different areas. Doing this ensures your roof is virtually leak-free for the duration of summer.

Travelers has a great guide on how to identify hail damage on your roof. While we highly suggest you work with professionals, here’s a great guide to help you learn more about its effects:

What Does Hail Damage to Your Roof Look Like?

Shingles can react differently when struck by hail. As an example, hail damage to asphalt and composition shingles can look very different than hail damage to wood shingles. It is important to know the different effects of the damage to properly identify whether or not you have roof damage from hail.

Asphalt and Composition Shingles Hail Damage

  • Random damage with no discernable pattern.
  • Hail hits that are black in color.
  • Loss of granules, which may expose the roof felt.
  • Asphalt and/or mat that appears shiny.
  • Hail hits that are soft to the touch, like the bruise on an apple.

Wood Shingles Hail Damage

  • Random damage with no discernable pattern.
  • A split in the shingle that is brown/orange in color.
  • A split in the shingle that has sharp corners and edges.
  • A split in the shingle that has little to no deterioration at the edges.
  • Impact marks or dents along the splits.

There are many other types of damage to shingles that can be mistaken for hail damage. For example, exposure to inclement weather and sunlight makes shingles brittle and gives them an aged appearance. This type of damage is normal wear and tear of shingles, which is sometimes misidentified as hail damage. Other types of normal wear and tear may include blistering, cracking, granule loss, flaking and algae. Manufacturing defects and mechanical imperfections in shingles can also be mistaken for hail damage. (Continued)

Always remember to have your Littleton, CO roofers take care of all your roofing repairs and replacements. Ropa Roofing’s decades of experience and exceptional team of professionals ensures you receive excellent results for all your roofing needs.