How to spot roof damage from hail at your home

Hail Storms have pounded Rogersville, Forsyth and Springfield in the past couple of weeks. Roofing companies tell us they're getting hundreds of phone calls for inspections.

KY3's Paul Adler talked to Jeff Elam with Dale's Roofing about how you can spot hail damage from the ground and up on the roof.

Jeff told us to start with looking at the size of the hailstones. He says you usually look for hailstones the size of a quarter or larger. That size of hailstone will usually cause the most damage to the roof.

You should also check out the soft metals around your home including downspouts and gutters. If you see dents in those soft metals, you can then get a gauge for the size of the hail that came through your area.

You can also look up at the box vents. There's a soft metal on the box vents. You can scan for dents in those on the roof. You may need a set of binoculars to get a good look at them from the ground.

You can also check at the base of your downspouts on the first rainfall after a hailstorm. If you see a pile of roof granules, you may have significant roof damage.

If you feel safe enough to climb up on the roof, you will look for little black circles where the hail knocked off all the roof granules. It may look like a dent in your shingle.

A roof inspector would measure how many hail impact spots you have in your shingles. If you have 8-10 hits in a 10 foot by 10 foot area, you may need a new roof instead of repairs to the roof.

If you're on the roof, you can also check the soft metals on the vents to get a good indication of the size of the hail.

If you do climb up on the roof, make sure the ladder is safely secured and wear sturdy shoes that have some grip. So, please be safe if you choose this option.

If you do need a new roof, The BBB says you should get more than one written estimate. Make sure the company you pick is licensed and insured. Don't pay for the entire job up-front. A deposit of one-third of the total price is standard.