Although you cannot fully determine the amount of hail damage on a roof from the ground, there are some signs that a trained eye can point out and help determine if there may be more damage up top. The presence of one or more of these may indicate a situation where the homeowner needs a full roof replacement instead of a simple roof repair.
Here are a few things to look for.
#1 - look for dented gutters, gutter screens, gutter helmets, or downspouts
#2 – look for damage to siding and windowsills/casings You can also check the home’s siding and windowsills/casings for dents, dings or other signs of impact. These are places where, if there’s significant damage to the roof, there will most likely be damage to these things as well. Look also at any other exposed metal surfaces, like metal fascia on the roof eaves for signs of hail damage impact, even if it looks like a faint ding.
#3 – look for damage to air conditioners or other outdoor items. We’ve done the roof, gutters and window screens, but there’s another area to check… the air conditioner. In addition to offering a quick glance sign of further hail damage on the roof, a damaged air conditioner may qualify for insurance replacement. As an inspector, it’s your job to make sure you make note of everything that was damaged on the homeowners property.
#4 - on the roof look for dents and dings in all the soft metal vents.