The Effects of Hail on Roofs

Homeowners should be concerned with their roofs when a storm strikes. The condition of roofs should not be taken lightly as it not only protects the contents of your home, but also the security and comfort of your family. Before taking any action on preserving or repairing roofs, it is crucial to understand and know the potential damages faced by these roofs from hail.

Why hail, you ask? Meteorologist, Eric Wilhelm explained that the US have been experiencing hot weather at the end of the summer for the last three years and the increased temperature and humidity increases the possibility of rough weather such as thunderstorms and hail. He also mentioned that hail can be dangerous and also damaging to infrastructures when it combines with high winds. He witnessed an occurrence in Texas where a combination of high wind and hails with sizes similar to a golf ball and softball could damage windows due to being blown sideways.

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Without the wind, hail alone could seriously damage a roof once it gets to a certain size. Wilhelm stated that a hail with a size of a golf ball or larger could do the worst damage on a roof and if no action is being taken, the roof membrane could result in holes, deep indentations, cracks, fissures and punctures which will eventually lead to water intrusion into the building.
A few signs to look out on your  roofs if it is experiencing hail damage:

 

• The roof being dinged, dented or the metal being bent either on top of the roof, gutters or in any part of the roof.
• Windows and skylights being broken.
• Gravel getting displaced.
• Presence of spider-webbing.

 

A warning to homeowners; the signs of any hail damage might not be easily seen or detected so it is advisable to get a roof expert to run an inspection. Another thing to take note is, hail damage is not usually covered by roof warranty. However, if the inspection is carried out by a professional, his report could serve as a notice of hail damage to insurance companies if needed any clarification or proof. Contact TJR Construction today for your complimentary roof inspection.

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