5 Ways to Tell If Your Siding Has Hail Damage

Every year across the United States American homeowners are assailed by all sorts of weather-related disasters. Hurricanes, tornadoes, high winds, heavy snow, and even hail cause millions of dollars in damage every year. Every year across the United States American homeowners are assailed by all sorts of weather-related disasters. Hurricanes, tornadoes, high winds, heavy snow, and even hail cause millions of dollars in damage every year.

Most people only think of their rooftops and automobiles when it comes to weather-related destruction of their personal property. But when the winds start to howl and golf ball sized hail begins to come in sideways, it never fails to cause its fair share of damage to vertical surfaces that are normally protected.

Rooftops, car windshields, gardens, and landscaping might be the most easily observed damage, but on closer inspection, you may find yourself the unfortunate recipient of hail damage to your home siding.

Here at Jackson Insulation and Exteriors, we want all concerned homeowners to be able to recognize when it’s time to have hail damage inspected and repaired by a professional. Left unattended home siding that has been bent, cracked, or blown away opens the possibility for further damage to a home’s interior.

Rain and moisture, debris from the outside, and even insects and animals may all be able to find their way into your home causing even more destruction.

hail in hands

Signs of Hail Damaged Siding and Rooftops

It’s not always the monster, softball-sized hail that does the most damage, as one might think. Smaller hailstones, carried by high force winds can penetrate deeper into your home’s exterior siding, and even your roof.

The only way to truly assess the hailstorm damage to your home is to examine it thoroughly, for the following signs:

  1. Examine your roofing material for missing shingles, cracked tiles, or other areas that may have been exposed by high wind and hail. Any of these signs are serious indications that severe damage has occurred
  2. Visible dents and pings in your home’s flashing material damaged vent heads and even damaged gutters can all be conditions that could lead to further damage if not repaired.
  3. Peaks and roof ridges are also prime areas to discover hard to see the damage. Ridge covers are vital to keeping rain and moisture out of your home and must be replaced immediately if found to be damaged or missing.
  4. Sometimes, hail damage can be hard to spot. As experienced contractors, we know that a good way to test for hard to find dimples is to physically run our hands over the surface of the siding to feel if there is damage to the smooth surfaces. This takes a simple free inspection which we’d be happy to do for you anytime you have had a hail storm.
  5. Shingles that appear to be blackened may have had the rough, granular material washed away. This material can be washed down into existing siding causing an environment where future damage can take place over time if not seen. If you see dimples in the shingles of your home, or blackened areas, pushing down on the area with a mild amount of force may reveal that it has become ‘spongy’. In this case, it is recommended that the area of hail damage be repaired.

exterior house with boarded-up windows from hail damage

At Jackson Insulation & Exteriors, we use only the highest quality siding supplies and products on the market. We also offer free estimates for all of our prospective clients. Whether your siding needs repair, removal, or a complete overhaul, we offer the service to meet your needs.