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How to Spot Hail Damage

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It’s not uncommon for Kansas City weather to bring hailstorms in the spring and summer months. Hail can wreak havoc on your roof, causing damage to roofing shingles on your Kansas City home and shortening the lifespan of your roof.

If your part of the city gets hit with hail this year, it’s essential that you have your roof inspected as quickly as possible by a quality Kansas City roofing contractor. Many roofing contractors offer residential storm damage cleanup services in Kansas City and the surrounding region. The sooner you call for help, the sooner they can get the mess cleaned up. And while they’re at your house, have them do a roof inspection, too. It may be that you have enough hail damage to warrant filing an insurance claim. If that’s the case, you’ll want to get started on that right away.

Here’s How to Spot Hail Damage on Your Roof

Of course, you can always climb up on your roof and inspect it for hail damage yourself. It’s more dangerous than calling in professionals, but if you’re comfortable climbing on a ladder, it may be a good place to start. It may also save you money since many quality Kansas City roofing contractors charge a fee to perform a residential roof inspection. 

Here’s what to look for if you decide to start the process yourself. Make sure you take appropriate safety precautions before you do anything dangerous.

Inspect the roofline from the ground. Depending on the severity of the hailstorm, you may be able to tell from the ground that you have damage to the roofing shingles on your Kansas City home. Look up at the gutters. Do you see dents in them? Check your gutter screens if you have them, and also check the downspouts for dents. Good-sized hail damages more than just the roof, and these areas are quick and easy for most homeowners to check from the ground safely.

Check the air conditioner unit. We know. The air conditioner unit isn’t on your roof. That’s the case for most residential properties. But if you see dings and dents on your air conditioning unit after a hailstorm, there’s a good chance you’ll have damage on the roof, too.

Check vents and shingles. Once you’ve checked things out from below, you may still be inclined to get on the roof and look around. Check vents, skylights, chimneys, and other features for damage. Look for dents, dings, chips, or holes. Then move on to the shingles. Hail damage is often hard to spot for someone who’s not trained on what to look for. Look closely at the roofing shingles on your Kansas City home. Do you see areas where the granules have been knocked off the shingle? If so, that’s most likely due to hail. Now whether that’s from the most recent storm or not is difficult to tell. Only a professional roofing contractor can determine that. But at least you’ll know that you need to call someone for a better analysis.

Shamrock Roofing and Construction Can Help with Hail Damage

Shamrock Roofing and Construction is a quality roofing contractor in the Kansas City area that specializes in residential storm damage cleanup. Kansas City weather can be unpredictable this time of year. It’s good to know who to call when you suspect that your roof has sustained hail damage.

Shamrock Roofing offers free roof inspections for residential customers throughout the Kansas City area. We also have expertise when it comes to filing insurance claims for hail damage, and we’re happy to walk you through this process. If your home gets hit with hail this season, contact us right away. We’ll get you on the calendar for a free no-touch roof inspection!