Storm damage

How To Know If Your Roof Has Hail Damage

How do I know if my roof has hail damage?

With the summer storm season quickly approaching, home and commercial business owners must be prepared for storms. Strong winds, falling tree branches, and heavy rain and hail—you never know what kind of a weather beating your home or business might have to take this season.

For asphalt roofing shingles, hail damage can cause soft spots or bruising. Granules are the hard, protective material that make up the surface layer of asphalt roofing shingles. When there’s any amount of hail impact, there’s bound to be some granule lose to your roof’s shingles. Too much granule loss will quickly effect the lifespan of your roof.

Another trick for determining if your roof has sustained hail damage is to start by checking your roofing vents. Often the metal venting systems will reflect significant hail damage. If we find evidence of damage to your roof vents, there’s typically a good chance your shingles have received damage from the hail as well.

You want to deal with hail damage right away

The damage caused by hail storms is particularly important to pay attention to. Hail damage is insidious by nature. This means that it may not cause further damage like leaking to your roof or house structure for many years to come. But for insurance purposes, it’s often best for home and business owners to get the damage checked out right away, just to be safe. Since it can be difficult to tell for certain about hail damage from the ground, we encourage folks to get your roof shingles, gutters, and siding inspected by a professional. 

Whether it was your roof, siding, or gutters that were effected by hail damage, we can help. Give us a call and Guy will personally come out and inspect your home or commercial business for storm damage. 

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What Insurance Companies Look For On Hail-Damaged Roofs

Will my insurance pay for the hail damage on my roof?

After a summer full of rain and hail storms many homeowners are turning to their insurance companies to see just how bad their roof damage is from these hail storms.

In this video, Guy takes you up on a roof with hail damage to show you exactly what inspectors are looking for. Take a look!

If you have questions about the health of your roof, don't hesitate to give us a call. We'd be happy to come by and take a look.

Does Your Roof Have Hail Damage?

What a summer it’s been so far! Water has overtaken our lakes, parks, backyards, and even our basements. These days, when it rains, it really seems to pour. And this can be problematic, especially for the wellbeing of your home.

With all the extreme storms we've been experiencing here in Minnesota, it's more important than ever for home owners and commercial spaces to keep a close eye on the health of your roof.

3 simple ways to look for roof hail damage

There are three major signs to look for when inspecting your roof for hail damage: bruising, cracking and missing granules from the asphalt shingles.


When hail hits your roof, it can create a deep dent, a “bruise”, in the shingle. Keep in mind that hail dents are not always easy to spot. Try running your hand over the shingles to feel for small dents in the surface. If you feel a dent, apply pressure to the dent and see if it gives at all. If it does, this means the shingle is showing signs of deterioration.


Cracks are generally easier to spot than shingle bruising. Climb up on a ladder and take a quick assessment of your roof to see if you can spot any signs of cracking in your roof. If the hail is large enough and hits hard enough, it can make a circular crack in the shingle.

Missing granules

Look around for missing pieces in the asphalt of your roof. To do this, look for areas on the shingles where the black substrate is exposed. Take a look at the photo above for an example of what this can look like.

If you think your roof might have hail damage, it's best to take care of it immediately before the problem gets worse. Don't hesitate to give us a call over here at Grussing Roofing. We're always happy to come out and have a look or answer a question over the phone!

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