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The Homeowner's Guide to Repair Roof Damage

Oct 15


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Winter can be very stressful for homeowners. There are a myriad of things that can go wrong with snow like frozen pipes and ice dams. But there's a type of winter weather you might not have thought of hail.


Hail is an example of ice fragments that can differ in size and speed, and unlike snow. Your windows are most likely to get damaged during the event of a hailstorm. But your roof may be damaged too. It can be costly to repair this damage, especially if it isn't detected quickly.


What size hail can cause roof damage?


Depending on the condition of the roof and the speed with which hailstones hit, hailstones of any size could cause damage. Metal roofs are the strongest but asphalt roofs are the most vulnerable. The following standards for size will give you an idea what kind of damage that you can expect.


  • Hail in the size of Dime Dime


Even though hail is typically harmless, it is possible for asphalt shingles to be cut by hail that is as tiny as the size of a penny. It's also possible that old shingles will be harmed. Small hailstones, even when they are moving at high speeds will not cause damage to the new shingles or roofing materials.


  • Hail in Quarter-Size


Hail between the sizes of a dime and a quarter might not cause much damage, but it can cause damage to your roof and cause erosion to accelerate. If slate or asphalt are already damaged, there's a greater chance of breaking or tearing the roof. The higher speeds are more likely to cause the damage from an impact.


  • The Size of a Half-Dollar


Any hailstone bigger than a quarter can pose a serious threat to your roof. They're large enough to harm shingles, and they can even scratch slate tiles or damage metal roofs at high impact speeds. When you experience a storm of this much hail, it is important to check for damage.


How do you determine whether your roof was damaged by hail


The roofing materials are available in a range of sizes and shapes and many of them share basic characteristics. However, various varieties of tile may display distinct indicators of damage, which is why it's crucial to think about the roof's surface. The majority of materials can be classified into three categories of slate/ceramic or asphalt/shingle, and metal.


  • Checks on the Ground


Check the area around your home for indications following a storm. The damage to your fence, gutters, or shed is evident that your roof is damaged, too. An excellent indication is a roof splinter that is lying on the ground. If you suspect your roof is damaged, don't wait around for a leak to appear.


  • Examining Any Roof's Metal Components


The roof's flashings, vents and other metal parts are affected by hail damage. The roof will show evidence of hail damage like small scrapes, holes and scratches.


Roofs made from asphalt and other soft tiles


Asphalt roofing is the most well-known type of roofing material and is found on nearly every property. These guidelines must be observed when looking at asphalt roofs


  • Look for granules that may have been ejected from your roof through drainage and gutters. If hail fell from one side of your roof, they are particularly evident. The granules that are dislodged are an indication of damage to the shingle, though they're usually not caused by hail.
  • Examine the shingles for bare places where the asphalt substrate can be seen when a large number of granules are present.


Roofs made of slate or ceramic


Slate tiles are huge stone barriers that, once installed, can withstand a lot of abuse. Stones that are hit by hail, on the contrary, could cause damage to slate and, in some instances, completely destroy tiles. If your slate has been damaged by hail, search for the following signs:


The presence of clear, sharp-edged holes indicates that the tiles have been damaged by hail. However deep the tiles are, tiny cracks or punctures could cause damage to them.

After a hail storm shattered, fractured or broken tiles must be repaired quickly to protect the structure from future weather.

Other indicators of hail damage include edges that are chipped or edges that have damaged or cracked.