How to Spot Hail Damage on Your Roof

April 8, 2024

Hail can be a formidable enemy to your roof, leaving a trail of damage that can compromise its structural integrity and lead to costly repairs if not addressed promptly. Here’s how to spot hail damage on your roof, so that you can take timely action to mitigate any issues.

Recognizing the Signs of Hail Damage

Hail damage on roofs can vary significantly depending on the size of the hail, wind speed, and the age of the roof. Here are some common indicators:

  1. Dents and Bruising on Shingles – One of the most straightforward signs of hail damage is visible dents or bruised spots on shingles. Asphalt shingles might show blackened areas where the hail has knocked off the surface. These spots are not just cosmetic issues, they can expose the underlying matting to more severe weather elements, leading to deterioration.
  2. Granule Loss – Check your gutters and downspouts after a hailstorm. Excessive granular accumulation might indicate your shingles have been compromised. Granules protect your shingles from UV rays and increase fire resistance, so their loss can significantly shorten the lifespan of your roof.
  3. Cracked Shingles – Hail can cause cracks and shingles, which can lead to leaks and water damage inside your home. These cracks may not always be visible from the ground, so a closer inspection might be necessary to detect them.
  4. Damage to Roof Features – Inspect roof features such as vents, skylights, and chimney caps for dents and other damage. Metal parts of the roof like flashing and valleys should be checked for dents as these are more prone to being hit by hail.
  5. Soft Spots In Roofing. Walking on the roof can reveal soft spots similar to the feeling of a bruised apple. These areas may suggest that the integrity of the shingles has been compromised.

Steps To Assess Hail Damage

  1. Safety First – If you suspect hail damage, consider your safety before inspecting the roof. Using binoculars from the ground can provide a preliminary assessment without climbing onto the roof.
  2. Detailed Roof Inspection for a Thorough Check – It’s advisable to contact a professional roofing contractor. They can perform a detailed inspection and assess the extent of the damage.
  3. Documentation – Take photos of the damage from different angles and distances to document the extent of hail damage. This can be helpful for insurance purposes.
  4. Contact Your Insurance Agent –  If you confirm hail damage, contact your insurance carrier to discuss the possibility of filing a claim. Understanding your policy coverage for hail damage is vital, as it varies significantly between policies.

When to Consider Roof Replacement

Deciding how much damage warrants a roof replacement depends on several factors, including the extent of the damage, the age of your roof, and the cost of repairs versus replacement. Insurance companies typically have criteria for how much damage is needed for a roof replacement claim. Consulting with a professional can help guide this decision.


Knowing how to identify hail damage effectively can help maintain your roof’s longevity and ensure your home stays protected. Taking proactive steps after a hailstorm can prevent further damage and potentially costly repairs.

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Based in Dallas, TX, Renown Roofing has been providing exceptional roofing services since 2012. With over 100 years of combined experience, our team excels in both residential and commercial roofing projects. We use only premium materials from top brands and back our work with some of the strongest warranties in the business. Services include thermal imaging for energy efficiency along with standard roofing maintenance and storm damage repairs, all underpinned by extensive positive customer feedback and top-tier industry certifications.

For more information about the products and services we provide, or to schedule a free inspection, contact us via our website or give us a call at 972-640-0043. We look forward to serving you!

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