Severe hailstorms can damage your roofing system without causing visible damage. That can lead to problems with roof and structure integrity. Punctures and cracks can be so small that an untrained eye may not notice, but they will stay there and over time they will shorten the lifespan of your roofing system.
Severe hits by hail can cause depression of the roofing membrane and that can lead to future cracks. Your insurance company will most likely deny you the settlement for that kind of damage since they might view it as just “cosmetic”. Most insurance guidelines state that hail must penetrate the roofing membrane to classify as hail damage but if you ask an engineer you may get a different answer.
Only an experienced roofing professional can determine the real extent of damage your roofing system has suffered when it comes to damage caused by hail.
Freeze and thaw
If your roofing system is in excellent condition, it can protect you from extreme temperatures like heat and cold. On the other hand, if your roof has already been damaged by hail, those temperatures in combination with moisture can severely damage your roofing systems. For example, snow or freezing rain can cause water or moisture to enter an existing (but not easily visible) small crack in your roofing membrane. When that water freezes the small crack has the potential to turn into a much larger crack.
Don’t wait until your roof starts to leak, call United Roofing of Colorado immediately after a hail storm. We can inspect the roof, patch or caulk any visible issues immediately and discuss your options. Only a full hail damage inspection will enable you to determine if your roof needs replacing or repair.
Photos of hail damage on membrane roofs: