Colorado is known for its gorgeous mountain landscapes and incredible skiing, but have you ever witnessed a Colorado summer? Summertime in Colorado has some of the best sunsets you will ever see, some of the brightest stars…. And some of the most torrential rainstorms and hailstorms that you will ever experience! It is no wonder that many of the rooftops in Colorado are repaired on an annual basis. Sometimes the roofers have to scramble to keep up with all of the hail damage repair requests that come their way in the late summer. If you are a homeowner in Colorado, one of the best things that you can do for your roof is learn how to spot and diagnose hail damage on your roofing.
Being able to diagnose hail damage on your roofing is important for every homeowner because it will help make sure that you are having damaged spots repaired quickly. This can help to prevent water leaks from starting and creating even bigger problems on the interior of your home. It will also prolong the life of your roof by keeping up with any minor repairs that are needed before they become much larger and more expensive issues.
Hail damage is going to look different depending on the types of roofing shingles that you have on your home, but the most common shingle in this area is the standard asphalt shingle, so let’s take a closer look at how to spot hail damage on this roof type. Asphalt shingles are made out of… you guessed it: asphalt! The asphalt is reinforced with fiberglass or some other kind of organic material to create a sturdy shingle. When you are looking for signs of hail damage on asphalt shingles, you want to look for areas that look darker, almost like a bruise on the shingle. The area is most likely going to have a roundish appearance and could possibly even have a slight indentation to it. If you press on the bruise, it may give in a little more than the area surrounding it. These are all signs that you have some hail damage in that area. Sometimes a hail mark may be too small to create a soft spot, but the shingle is still going to need to be replaced in order to keep the damage from spreading.
These types of localized issues may only affect one of two of your shingles, or you may be in need of some major roof repair work. If you only see a small area with damage, then if you feel comfortable doing the work yourself, you can pry up the nails and replace the damaged shingle with a new one. If you feel like the damage is more widespread, then having a professional roofer complete the roof repairs might be more cost effective and also much quicker for you. Either way, you should make it a point to inspect your roof at least once a year for any signs of hail damage as well as torn or missing shingles.