After a major hail storm or even lighter conditions, homeowners often find small dents and breaks on the roof, as well as other parts of their property. Unfortunately, even the best materials and most expensive roofs can still fall victim to hail damage. The size of actual damage can vary greatly but any sign of damage from hail should be addressed. While these damages may seem minor, it could actually lead to bigger problems if left exposed.
Hail can damage property. Aside from your home, anything that is left outdoors can get damaged. This includes your car, bike, and outdoor furniture. Unfortunately, homeowners in Austin TX need to be prepared for an unexpected hail storm that can cause massive property damage.
A quick assessment of your roof should let you spot any dents or breaks caused by the hail. If surrounding structures, such as gutters or the siding are damaged, there is a huge probability that the roof was too. Damage can vary depending on these factors.
Stronger winds are likely to cause more damage, especially if the storm lasts longer as well. Aside from the speed and strength of the wind, the direction of the wind also affects how the hail can cause damage to your property.
Size and Density of Hailstones
Any type of hailstone can cause damage but the bigger and more compact hailstones are likely to cause more damage. These are the types of damage that you would expect from these sizes of hail stones.
Small Hail – the size of a dime
Dime-sized hail may not seem like it could do much but if there is already damage to your existing shingles or if your shingles are already old, small hailstones can tear through and cause even more damage. At faster wind speeds, small hail stones can even cause damage to new and strong materials.
Medium Hail – the size of a quarter
This type of hail is what likely causes granule erosion and abrasions on your roof. This wears down your roof and causes major damage at higher speeds.
Hailstones that are bigger than a quarter are very damaging to property. When a hail storm with these large hailstones hits your home, you are likely to see major damage not just on your house but any other things that you left outside.
Metal roofs are able to withstand hail better while asphalt shingle roofs are likely to experience the most damage. This doesn’t mean that you won’t find any roof dents and bruises on a metal roof.
If there are any trees, fences, or buildings around your home, your property might be spared from receiving as much damage as it would have without these barriers. Acting as your home’s shield, these barriers can take most of the hits for your property.
Types of Hail Damage
While any type of hail storm is likely to cause some form of damage, hail that is more than ¾ of an inch thick can cause major damage. That is just about the same size as a penny. You can notice different types of damage on your property.
Loss of Granules on Shingles
Shingles have a protected layer of granules at the topmost coat. The main purpose of the granules is to protect the material, sometimes making it fire resistant as well. The loss of these granules makes the shingles exposed and prone to damage.
Erosion of Sealants
Aside from being nailed down to the roof deck, shingles and other roof tiles use sealants so they can stick securely to the base of the roof, as well as the other layers. The sealant helps avoid tilting or shifting of the tiles or shingles. A less obvious form of hail damage is when it causes sealant erosion. In this case, the shingles or tile may start to look tilted.
Spotting Hail Damage on Your Roof
Hail damage varies. Aside from depending on the size of the hail stones and the strength of the wind druing the storm, the roofing materials on your roof are affected in different ways. Knowing how the damage can appear on a specific type of roof material can help guide you on what to look for when you do your initial roof damage assessment.
- Damage with no pattern
- Black dents
- Granule loss
- Areas start to appear shiny
- Areas that become soft to touch
- Damage with no pattern
- Brown or Orange splits
- Splits with sharp edges
- Impact markers on the splits
- Concave dents on the roof
What To Do With Hail Damage on Roof
After a hail storm, you should always do an initial assessment of the damage if possible. With a few shingles or just some areas that have been damaged, minor repairs should be necessary. If you find multiple shingles that have been damaged or large areas with hail damage, a full roof replacement might be necessarily done by your roofing contractor.
Unexpected hail storms in Austin TX can cause major damage to your property. Dustin Johnson Exteriors & Roofing offers roofing repair and replacement. They’re open Monday – Saturday 7:30 am – 10 pm. They are closed on Sundays.
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