How to Spot Hail Damage

We have enjoyed relatively storm-free weather in the Twin Cities metro area this summer, but we still have a few weeks left of storm season. When a major storm does hit, do you know how to spot hail damage to your roof and house exterior? Insurance adjusters will require the opinion of a professional roofing contractor before they will consent to the work being done, but you can also check for hail damage yourself before calling a roofer. Just follow these tips from wikiHow, the world’s largest online how-to manual.

Identifying hail damage on your belongings, such as patio furniture or your car, is relatively straightforward. The round dings in metal are obvious signs of hail damage. However, determining whether your roof has sustained damage from a hailstorm may be a little more difficult. It’s important to keep your roof in top condition to avoid structural deterioration that may cause leaks. Many insurance companies will consider paying for a roof that has been damaged by hail, but it must be correctly assessed.

Search for damage on anything metal. 

Check metal roof vents, flashing or metal valleys on the roof to see if there are any dents. Soft metal will show dents, and also indicate the size of the hail. 

Set up a ladder to your roof to examine the top of the roof. 

Check the ridge cap of the roof for dents. This area of the roof will receive the most damage from hail since it is flat and will take a direct hit in a storm. 

Look at the shingles.

Check the whole shingle, as well as the edges, for signs of damage. There are 3 main types of damage caused by hail: bruising, cracking and granules missing from asphalt.



Storms can hit at any time during the summer in Minnesota. That’s why it’s important to know the best way to handle storm damage should the situation arise. The Chuba Company has installed more than 600 roofs using our dedicated and experienced crew of professional roofers.

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