August 6, 2018

How Hail Storm Can Damage Your Roof

You may not think hail could cause much damage to your roof, but hail storms are a big problem. Hail of any size is harmful to your roof, especially if you combine a long-lasting hail stormwith other elements like wind and rain. Even small hail has the potential to cause damage. After a big storm, you will need a roofer. Here are some ways hail damages roofs and how to recognize that damage.

How Does Hail Damage Roofs?

The amount of damage your roof receives depends on the size of the hail and additional storm factors. While just about any size hail can damage your roof, the usual culprit is hail that is at least an inch or more in size. Smaller hail combined with strong winds can damage screens and sidings. Small hail can also knock off some of the protective granules off the shingles.

Larger hail can cause noticeable shingle damage and even affect the roof's underlayment. If the winds are strong, you may also see severe damage to the gutters. When hail approaches the two-inch mark, you should expect significant damage. Very large hail can penetrate deeply into the roof material and cause leaks.

Can One See Hail Damage on a Roof?

Hail damage is often not obvious to the casual observer. The most noticeable hail damage with asphalt shingles is pitting and dark spots. Damaged shingles may feel soft and smooth when you touch them. When these shingles lose protective granules, they lose their protection from the elements. This exposure shortens shingle life.

Clay roof materials may actually crack or shatter when hit by large hail. Metal roofs may appear pitted and uneven. Wood shingles can break off in big pieces and fall into your yard. Cracked or split shingles may signal hidden damage underneath. You may see leaks on your upper floor's ceiling or in the attic.

Are Hail-Damaged Roofs Repairable?

Hail-damaged roofs are repairable. However, how much repair you need depends on your roof materials and the extent of the damage. If most of the damage is contained to a few shingles, all you need is shingle replacement. If the damage went deeper into the roof materials, then you may need more extensive repairs. If your roof is already old and has a large amount of damage, then a complete roof replacement may be your best option.

What Happens if the Roof Is Not Repaired?

You may think that if you don't have leaks, your roof is fine, and you don't need repairs. However, if you don't repair the damage as soon as possible, you could have the following problems.

Decreased Protection For the Next Storm

Damaged shingles deteriorate faster and leave your home less protected for the next storm. If you have another hail or wind event, you could end up losing large sections of shingles or even part of the underlayment.

Increased Chance of Leaks

Damaged shingles let water and debris sink underneath. You could end up with severe leaks that could damage your home's interior.

More Mold and Wood Rot

An increase in leaks could soak into the decking and other roof supports. This increase in moisture could lead to mold growth and even wood rot. Mold is a health hazard, and wood rot can cause more extensive damage if not repaired.

After a storm, have your roof inspected by a professional. Some roof materials hold up better to hail than others. If you need your entire roof replaced or re-shingled, be sure to ask for hail-resistant materials. That way, your roof will have a better chance of standing up to the next storm. B & H Roofing LLC can help if you need hail damage repair or roof replacement. We work on both residential and commercial buildings. Call us and see what we can do for you.

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