Roof Hail Damage: 51 Things to Look For (To Spot Damage on Your Roof)
Blown Off Shingles
Look for broken bits or loose shingles that may have fallen off around the house and in the yard. Hail is usually accompanied by high winds. If you see shingles in the yard, you may have wind or hail damage on the roof.
Outdoor Furniture Damage
Take a look at your outdoor furniture. Hail will crack or put holes in plastic yard furniture. It may also chip the paint or splinter the wood on wooden furniture.
Damaged Outdoor Lights
Look for cracked or broken light fixtures in the yard or on the sides of house.
Garage Door Dents/Dings
Check garage doors for dents, dings, paint chips, scuff patterns.
Damaged Swing/Play Sets
Check play sets and swing sets for dents, dings, paint chips, scuff patterns. Look for splintered wood or light discolored spots in the stain.
Utility Shed Damage
Check sheds or buildings for damage to metal roofing, siding, etc. Look closely at the roof of metal utility sheds for dents. Look at shingled utility sheds for small spots where shingles are dimpled or have missing granules.
Dented AC Condenser/Heat Pump
Check the air conditioner condenser unit housing for dents or damage from hail. Check the condenser coil fins for dent.
Window Well Covers
Cracks and holes in window well covers may indicate diameter and quantity of hail.
Dented Dryer Vents or Wall Vents
Dents in the soft metal of various wall vents may point to potential roof damage.
Damage to Fencing
On wood fencing, look for fresh wood scrapes from hail impact, dents, or splintered wood. Look for holes or cracks in vinyl fencing.
Chips or Dents to Deck Stain/Paint
Large hail stones may cause visible damage to your deck. Check deck stain/paint for cracks, splits, chips and indentations.
Damage to Painted Wood Surfaces
Check any painted wood surfaces around the house for dimples or paint chips. Look for freshly exposed wood.
Water Spots or Rotted External Wood
Look under eaves or porches for signs of water leaking through roof to external wood surfaces. This may point to old hail damage that leaks through shingles.
Dented or Splattered Metal Surfaces
Splatter marks or dents on exterior metal electrical panels or other metal surfaces may indicate the direction and size of hail stones.
Debris in Swimming Pool
If there’s a pool, check for any debris from storm damage. Hail storms may cause extensive damage to trees, stripping leaves that end up on the ground.
Broken/Fallen Tree Limbs
Check the yard for any large broken/fallen tree limbs. Heavy wind storms that bring down large limbs or branches are sometimes accompanied by large hail stones.
Damaged Pool Pump Equipment
Cracks in piping and other pool equipment may indicate major roof damage.
Watch this video to learn about the violent updraft speeds required to make big hail.