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How to Know If You Have Hail Damage

Updated: May 7, 2023

Hail damage is an unfortunate reality for areas prone to hail storms, like Northern Virginia.

Asphalt shingle roof marked with hail damage

However, at first glance, it may be difficult to understand how much a hail storm may have impacted your roof.

What Affects the Amount of Damage?


During a hail storm, a few factors can escalate the damage done by falling hail.

Wind direction and speed can worsen the impact of the hailstone on your roof. Additionally, the size and density of the stones themselves can cause different types of damage to your roof and property.

In some cases, damage may be less intense if you benefit from tree cover, fences, or landscaping, which can help protect your home from hail.

What Does Hail Damage Look Like?


The damage done by hail on your roof can appear differently depending on the type of shingles you have.

Asphalt and composition shingles that have been damaged by hail may present black markings, loss of granules, or a shiny, matted look.

Contrastingly, wooden shingles that have been damaged will often appear split up with sharp edges and jagged corners.


You may also notice a brown or orange area in your shingles or dents along the splits.

Other Types of Damage


You may be surprised to learn that many signs of damage are incorrectly identified as hail damage.


For example, poor weather and sunlight exposure can cause shingles to become brittle and aged over time. Other issues may include blistering, cracking, algae, and flaking due to general wear and tear.

What to Do If You Have Hail Damage


If you suspect you may have hail damage, it is essential that you seek the services of a qualified roofing company to inspect your roof and assess the extent of the damage.

At A&M Roofing, we are proud to be certified and accredited by the nation's leading manufacturers. Our team of skilled professionals is available to take the necessary steps to evaluate and repair any damage as soon as possible. Contact us today to learn more about our services and request a free estimate!

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