Your home’s exterior may be very resilient against all the different weather that the different seasons bring but hail and snow may be the exception. Hail causes extensive damage to shingles of many different materials, leaving your home vulnerable to water damage if the shingles fail.

The problem with hail and snow damage is that the harm is not always clearly visible directly after the storm has passed. Damage can take several weeks to show up or get bad,  but in order to protect your home from further harm, you need to recognize and correct roof damage before it becomes a major problem. Here’s what you need to know about how hail, snow and high winds can affect your roof and how you should respond after a big storm to check that your shingles are still in great condition.

Factors Affecting Damage

Hail can start and lead to snow or ice buildup and make the damage on your roof worse than you may expect. Here is what to consider during a hailstorm, high winds or snowstorm.

  • Wind. If the storm was accompanied by high levels of wind, the force and angle of the hailstones when they hit your shingles could have been much more severe. This increases the chance of damage.
  • The age of your roof. Some types of shingles become more brittle with age. These older shingles are more easily cracked by hail and ice.
  • The material of your roof. Asphalt shingles can lose granules, damaging its longevity. Wooden shingles might splinter or crack. Clay shingles might chip.

Renaissance Roofing does roofing services all year long. This means that we can repair your roof during the winter and no amount of damage has to stop you from getting a new roof if your home has been damaged by the winter weather.