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Question DetailsAsked on 8/18/2011

How can a homeowner tell if their roof has sustained hail damage (other than seeing missing tiles, etc.)?

After a recent hail storm, our neighborhood was flooded with roof repair companies soliciting for business. Some residents had their roofs replaced, others did not. Standing on the ground, some of these roofing contractors will look at the roof with the homeowner and claim that they see damage. What are they seeing that the homeowner may not?

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Hunch, they might be seeing something, they might be storm chasers looking to make a quick buck. We've done several articles in the Angie's List Magazine warning members to keep an eye out for less-than-savory characters and roofing scams. Your best bet is to get a second (and third) opinion from highly-rated, reliable local roofers. Do a quick search on Angie's List to find people who've done great work for other members in your area.

Answered 9 years ago by Cas


Here is a GREAT document from the GAF Website.

Many "Storm Chasers" in roofing are like used car slaesman. Be smart..

There are no "Free" roofs. I am in theroofing business and do an large amount of insurance work. One Contractor in our area just got aressted for Insurance fraud by faking claims.

Hope this helps..

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Answered 9 years ago by Onlythebestbuilder


The biggest scam in the roofing industry is hail damage. Hail will not remove any shingles, hail will depress or scuff the granuals exposing the asphalt matt beneath. The granuals are there to protect the asphalt, the asphalt is what keeps the water out (that and gravity). Strorm chasers and hail specialists really irk me to no end. Therefore I wrote an informative artice about how hail does damage a shingle roof and what home owners need to look out for...


Answered 9 years ago by ReliableAmericanRoof


Reliable - just saw this question with your response while looking for reference questions for another question answer:

The links you provided just link back to the question - can you provide the article link you were referring to.

I would rebut your statement that hail does not damage shingles themselves - evidently hail in your area is not real extreme. I have seen hail in Nebraska, Wyoming, and Missouri that completely broke off a large percentage of the asphalt shingles, as well as hail that broke right through built-up roofing, light-gage metal roofing, and shingle roofs - deeply denting or splintering the lath or sheathing under the shingles so in many places there were visible holes right through the roof. Granted, this was orange and grapefruit sized hail, but does happen at times, especially on the fringes of major rollclouds and tornadoes.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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