Repairing Hail Damage On Shingles: What To Know
Hail is no minor weather event. If you’ve lived in Texas long enough, you know that from Amarillo to Corpus Christi, the hail in Texas is no joke. The Lone Star State is located in what’s known as “hail alley” and was pummeled by 458 hail events last year alone. Perhaps your property was affected by one or several of these storms. Hail stones can cause significant damage to cars, window panes, and rooftops — and they’re particularly dangerous for roof shingles made of asphalt.
Asphalt shingles are a good choice for residential roofs because of their durability and versatility. (Plus, they add to the aesthetic appeal of a building). But powerful hail storms can create a number of headaches for any Texas property owner with asphalt roof shingles.
In this article, we’ll dive into the details of asphalt shingles and how to recover from hail damage on shingles.
The Anatomy Of Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles consist of a fiberglass or organic mat coated with asphalt and embedded with ceramic granules. These granules protect against UV rays and give the roof its signature grid-patterned look.
There are two kinds of asphalt shingles: three-tab shingles, which consist of a single layer with notches, and architectural or dimensional shingles. Architectural shingles are gaining more popularity today because of their enhanced durability. However, hailstones can compromise the integrity of both three-tab and architectural shingles, leading to potential problems.
Identifying Hail Damage on Shingles
If you’ve experienced a recent hail storm and are concerned your building might have suffered shingle damage, find a qualified roofer like Cavalry to inspect your roof. There are a few key signs to look out for when dealing with hail damage on shingles. Here are some of the most prominent:
- Granule loss: Missing granules may expose the underlying asphalt layer. Look for areas where the granules appear dented or have accumulated in gutters or downspouts.
- Dents: Hail impact can cause dents or depressions on the shingle surface. These depressions may be visible to the naked eye or can be felt by running your hand across the shingles.
- Cracks or splitting: Severe hailstorms can cause cracks or splitting along the shingle edges, leading to potential leaks and water damage.
- Soft spots: Press gently on the shingle surface to identify any areas that feel softer or spongy, as this could indicate compromised integrity.
Of course, if you notice anything inside the building — like water stains, mildewy smells, or other signs of water damage, call Cavalry right away. Our experienced team of water damage mitigation experts will find the source of the leak, repair it, and address any structural damage to the inside of the building or its contents.
Mitigating Hail Damage on Shingles: Here’s What To Expect
If your asphalt shingles have been damaged by hail, taking immediate action is crucial to prevent further damage from occurring. Get in touch with Cavalry and we’ll send our team to help. Here’s what you can expect from our shingle repair and replacement process.
We start by conducting a thorough inspection of the entire roof, documenting damage as we go. Then, we’ll provide estimates for repair and replacement of any necessary materials.
Replacing asphalt shingles
Even if the damage to a shingle is minor, we always replace damaged shingles with new ones and install them with new nails.
The replacement process starts by removing the old shingles. Once the old shingles are removed, we remove the underlayment, too. We align the replacement shingle with the existing surrounding shingles for a seamless appearance.
The repaired or replaced shingles are secured using roofing nails always following the manufacturer’s recommendations and local building codes. Roofing sealant or cement may be applied to ensure a watertight seal and prevent future issues. Once the repairs are completed, a final inspection is conducted to ensure the repaired shingles are properly installed, aligned, and sealed. The roof is checked for any other potential issues or visible signs of damage. We’ll clean up the work area, removing debris, nails, and any leftover materials.
Call Cavalry For Hail Damage & Roofing Services in Texas
Cavalry Construction has proudly served communities in Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Arlington, and San Antonio for over thirty years. We specialize in repairing and mitigating all kinds of damage to commercial buildings. Whether you’ve been impacted by severe hail and water damage, a fire, or other natural peril, Cavalry will answer your call.
Cavalry is a GAF-certified roofer. The GAF certification program is designed to provide training and certification to roofing contractors who install GAF roofing products.
To become GAF certified, a roofing contractor must meet specific criteria, including having a valid business license and insurance, a satisfactory rating with the BBB (Better Business Bureau), and completion of GAF’s training and certification program. At Cavalry, we require every employee to complete the 10 hour training.
Don’t wait to deal with hail damage to your rooftop. Call us 24/7: 888-601-3473.
Cavalry has served home and business owners across Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas/Ft. Worth since 1989. Our clients count on us to help restore their homes and businesses after experiencing roof damage from a hailstorm, and our experienced roofing contractors and restoration teams are always ready to help in times of need.
If you have questions about hail damage restoration or other reconstruction services, get in touch. You can reach us anytime at 888-601-3473.