Article – Spotting the Signs: How to Identify Roof Hail Damage Symptoms

Hailstorms can strike with little warning, leaving behind a trail of destruction. For homeowners, one of the primary concerns post-storm is the roof, a critical component that shields everything beneath it. Identifying hail damage early can prevent minor issues from escalating into major problems. This article explores the key symptoms of roof hail damage, guiding homeowners on what to look for and how to respond.

Understanding Hail Damage

Hail damage to roofs can vary significantly depending on the hailstone’s size, wind speed, and the type of roofing material. While some signs of damage are immediately apparent, others may require a closer inspection.

1. Dents and Bruises on Shingles

  • Symptoms: Look for small dents, bruises, or rounded impressions on asphalt shingles or metal roofing. These may be more challenging to spot on textured shingles.
  • Impact: These damages can compromise the shingle’s integrity, leading to leaks and reduced lifespan.

2. Granule Loss

  • Symptoms: Hail impact can dislodge the protective granules from the surface of asphalt shingles, exposing the asphalt layer. Check the gutters and downspouts for accumulations of granules.
  • Impact: Loss of granules accelerates shingle aging and increases vulnerability to UV rays.

3. Cracked Shingles

  • Symptoms: Hail can cause cracks in the shingles, which may radiate outward from the point of impact. These cracks can be more apparent in fiberglass shingles.
  • Impact: Cracks allow water to penetrate beneath the shingles, leading to leaks and water damage.

4. Damage to Roof Features:

  1. Symptoms: Inspect roof features such as vents, skylights, and chimneys for dents, cracks, or broken components. Hail can also damage flashing and ridge caps.
  2. Impact: Compromised roof features can lead to leaks and structural damage if not addressed.

5. Soft Spots on the Roof:

  • Symptoms: Walking on the roof (only recommended for professionals) may reveal soft spots where hail has bruised or damaged the shingle mat beneath the granules.
  • Impact: Soft spots indicate underlying damage that could lead to leaks.

Professional Inspection and Repair:

If you suspect hail damage, a professional roof inspection is crucial. Roofing experts are trained to identify and assess damage that may not be visible to the untrained eye. They can provide a comprehensive inspection report and recommend necessary repairs or replacements.

Filing an Insurance Claim

Hail damage is typically covered under homeowners’ insurance policies.

When you work with APEX, we’ll help document the damage with photos and notes, and contact your insurance company as soon as possible. An adjuster may visit to assess the damage and determine coverage. Having one of our professionals present during the adjuster’s inspection can help ensure all damage is properly identified.

Additionally, we work with all insurance companies and have an in-depth knowledge that adjusters appreciate when it comes to getting your claim approved.

Preventative Measures

While it’s impossible to prevent hailstorms, regular roof maintenance and inspections can ensure your roof is in the best condition to withstand hail impact. Consider impact-resistant roofing materials if you live in a hail-prone area.


Recognizing the symptoms of roof hail damage is key to protecting your home from further damage. Early identification and prompt action can save homeowners time and money, ensuring the roof continues to provide the protection it was designed for. If hail has recently impacted your area, assess your roof for damage and consult with a professional to ensure your home remains safe and secure.