Difference Between Blistering and Hail Damage

Difference Between Blistering and Hail Damage

The first step before any actual roof repair is to assess the damage and diagnose the source of the problem. Most of the time, this is an easy task for any competent roofing contractor. However, in some cases, it gets much more difficult to discern the real problem. And if your contractor does the wrong kind of repairs on your property, it could cost you more time and money than you’re prepared for. 

Perhaps the most common misunderstanding of roofing damages is the difference between shingle blistering and hail damage. While the damage they leave behind may seem very similar to the untrained eye, there are certain ways to distinguish shingle blistering and hail damage on your residential roof. 

Hail Damage

Hail will leave behind easily identifiable markers. One is the damage it leaves behind on your gutters. Indentions and dents on your gutters and downspouts could spell trouble for your roof as well. Clogged gutters could also indicate hail damage; as the granules and asphalt that shed from the hail storm will easily obstruct your gutters. 

However, what really sets hail damage apart from blistering is the marks it leaves behind on your shingles. Look closely at the holes left behind on your property. If it is indeed hail damage, these dark circular holes should leave indentions. Blistering on the other hand will leave behind something slightly different damages compared to hail or wind damage. 

Shingle Blistering

For blistering to occur, there need to be two factors present: First, the shingles on the roof need to be poorly ventilated, and as a result, are extremely overheated. Second, there needs to be an abundance of moisture or air trapped underneath the shingles. When these two factors meet, the asphalt on the shingles bubble, and these bubbles burst outwards. This the end result, this is blistering. 

This is exactly what sets blistering apart from other types of storm damage. Hail damage will leave indentations on your roof, while shingle roof blistering will result in outdents. The damage repair and roof maintenance for these are to be treated differently, so it’s important to properly detect the difference between the two. 

The Next Step: Finding a Reliable Contractor

Treating blistering as typical storm damage repair won’t deal with the source of the problem effectively. Your roof will continue to overheat and bubble, and you’ll continue to have damaged shingles. If you’ve found signs of blistering in your home, you need to find a reliable roofing company near you to quickly resolve the problem. 

Preferably, you’ll want to find a contractor that offers free roof inspections. That way they’ll be able to at least diagnose the problem with no expenses paid forward yet. Many roofing companies in the Dayton, Ohio area do indeed offer free inspections, but also lack the quality and craftsmanship to properly repair and maintain your roof. 

Contact Van Martin today and experience the difference in service and workmanship for yourself. We offer generous warranties, free estimates on all home improvement and roofing projects, and stay in contact with you before and after the job. Whether it is a shingle roof repair or a full roof replacement, Van Martin can tackle any job. Call us at (937) 222-7855 today, or schedule a free roof evaluation online! 

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