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How Do You Know if Your Roof has Hail Damage?


Local Roofing Companies St. Petersburg FloridaHail damage to a roof, no matter how big or small, can have serious consequences for the structure of your home or business if it is left unchecked. Even the smallest impact to your roof from hail can cause hairline cracks in shingles, which can worsen and lead to leaks as time goes by. But how can you spot hail damage to your roof after a storm? Depending on the material of your roof and the size of the hail, damage to a roof can be either incredibly easy to spot or it can require a trained eye.

To determine if your roof has hail damage, here’s what you need to know.

Hail Size vs. Roofing Material

Both the size of the hail and the material of your roof play a significant role in whether your roof will sustain any damage from hail. For example, impact from a hail stone that is 1” in diameter is usually enough to damage a roof made from 3-Tab organic asphalt shingles. However, it would typically take hail stones that are 1¼’’ in diameter to damage a roof made from 3-Tab fiberglass asphalt shingles.

But to be on the safe side, a good rule of thumb is to be mindful of hail stones that are 1” in diameter when inspecting your roof for hail damage.

Impacted Outdoor Items

Before getting on the roof of your home or business, check for any hail damage to items or materials surrounding the structure. If you’ve noticed any dents, dings, or scratches to the A/C unit, siding, windowsills, or window casings, then chances are your roof may have hail damage as well. From the ground, you may also be able to spot hail damage such as dented gutters, downspouts, or gutter screens. Damage to painted surfaces surrounding your home — such as chipped paint on a deck or wood surface — can be a telltale sign that hail has damaged your roof as well.

Damaged Roof

After you’ve inspected the items and areas surrounding your home or business, it’s time to get on your roof and look for damage left behind by hail stones. Once on your roof, look for any impacted vents or dented surfaces. If your roof has a chimney cover, run a piece of chalk sideways over its surface. Afterward, if you see any dark spots or odd shapes form where the chalk was used, you’re likely looking at impact points from hail.

Finally, you’re going to want to take a closer look at the actual material of your roof. Hail damage to a roof can look different depending on the material, so here’s what you need to look out for on different roofing materials:

  • Asphalt shingles – Loose or knocked-off surface granules
  • Wood shingles – Splits or chips
  • Clay and slate – Cracks or gouges
  • Metal – Dents, dings, or concave surfaces. Damages to a metal roof are easier to spot by running a piece of chalk over the area.

How Arry’s Roofing Can Help

If you’re worried your roof may have hail damage and you want professional help you can trust, then reach out to Arry’s Roofing. Since 1990, our family-owned and -operated business has provided award-winning commercial and residential roofing services. Among our many services is our free hail damage inspection and assessment done by our roofing specialists. Our experts will determine the severity of the roof’s hail damage and will use that information to create a complete report with recommended options to repair or replace your roof.

Our other roofing services we offer include:

  • Hail, wind storm, and hurricane damage repair
  • Asphalt shingle, tile, and metal roof installations
  • Flat/low-slope roofing installation
  • Roof replacement
  • Maintain and Sustain program, which includes roof cleaning, leak detection, and ongoing maintenance services

Schedule Our Services

To schedule a thorough roof inspection and determine whether you need to repair or replace your roof after hail damage, contact Arry’s Roofing today.

Arry’s Roofing Named one of the Best

Arry’s Roofing Named one of Best of the Best in Tampa Bay

 Arry’s Roofing is a winner in the 2019 Best of the Best People’s Choice Awards presented by the Tampa Bay Times.

In the Tampa Bay region, more than 87,000 votes were cast to determine the leading businesses in more than 150 categories.

The 2019 Best of the Best People’s Choice Awards were created by the Tampa Bay Times. This is the section’s inaugural issue.

The companies received nominations from the public earlier this year. The top three vote getters won a spot on the 2019 Best of the Best list. The rankings will publish in the Tampa Bay Times on Sunday, June 16 and will be available on tampabay.com.

“The Tampa Bay Times undertook this project to help support local businesses with the reach that only Florida’s largest and best newspaper can,” said Marti Galloway, Times marketing manager. “We hope Tampa Bay readers appreciate the Best of the Best, see their favorites recognized and discover new businesses to support.”

For a complete list of the 2019 Best of the Best in Tampa Bay, go to www.tampabay.com/best.

About the Tampa Bay Times
The Tampa Bay Times is widely considered one of the Top Ten newspapers in America and has won 12 Pulitzer Prizes. It is Florida’s largest newspaper and publishes tampabay.com – Tampa Bay’s largest local news Web site. Additionally, the company publishes the free weekly tbt*, an edition of the Tampa Bay Times, and Bay magazine.

The Importance of Professional Roofing Maintenance

Your roof is more than just the top layer of your home. It’s a complex system designed to protect, insulate and maintain the structure of your home. It’s an important investment, so it only follows that you’ll want to keep it in prime condition for as long as possible. Proper roofing maintenance is an important part of your roof’s upkeep and should never be neglected. We share just how important it is below.

4 Common Causes of Roof Leaks

A leaking roof causes more trouble than an annoying “drip drop” from your ceiling; it can damage your attic insulation and roof deck and lead to mold and mildew growth and reduced energy efficiency. Roof leaks can be due several causes, all of which will require the immediate assistance of a professional roofing contractor. Here are some common roof leak culprits: