Shingle Damage Evaluation – Intentional Damages to Mimic Hail Damage – Part 7

Posted by in Shingles | August 20, 2012

This post is Part 7 of Shingle Damage Evaluation and follows Other Damages That May Be Mistaken for Hail Damage – Part 6d.

In this post we discuss mechanical damage marks on shingles that were applied with the intention to mimic hail damage, that is, intentional damage.  Webster defines intentional as “done by intention or design.”  Intentional damage is done by design, that is fashioned, created, or constructed according to a plan.  The characteristic of design is what often betrays marks on shingles to be intentional.  The characteristics of design reveal that there is a designer.  The relatively random and widespread pattern of hail damage inflicted by the natural causes of weather are difficult to imitate accurately.  And if you are reading this article to obtain information as to how you might better mimic hail damage, “Shame on you!”  Also note that we aren’t going to give all our secrets away in this article.

As we noted in a previous post, mechanical damage marks to a shingle are evidenced by a small area of granules being pushed into the asphalt and/or the mat.  The small area usually exhibits the shape of a tool or other hard object.  Inadvertent or accidental mechanical damage is evidenced by the very small number of these and/or their clustering in areas occupied during maintenance.

Generally, intentional mechanical damage is the premeditated, planned, and/or deliberate producing of these marks in the shingles.  And, like anything else produced in this world by human hands to imitate the naturally produced effects, intentionally applied mechanical damage falls short.  Some of the characteristics of marks made by hand fall short of marks caused by hail impacts with regard to the shape of the damage, the depth of the damage, the embedding of the granules, the crushing of the granules, the scratches on the granules or the asphalt, and/or the impression left in the asphalt, the pattern, and/or the number.  I am sorry, but if we described more of the characteristics, it may only help those who are reading this article to learn how to better mimic hail impact damage.

And finally, in closing this series regarding hail damage to shingles, we note that it has been our experience that with a visual and/or tactile examination hail impact damage can be readily distinguished from other damages.  It is the distinguishing between the other damage producing phenomena that may sometimes be more difficult.

Our next post will be on another topic, other than shingles.