First things first, what is Hail and How Does it Form?
Hail is a type of precipitation that occurs when upward air currents in thunderstorms carry rain droplets into the upper level of clouds. Temperatures there are below freezing. These rain droplets free and form ice at various sizes. Depending on the size of the storm this process can happen multiple times before free falling to the ground. This is what dictates the size of hail found.
When hail hits, nothing on your property is safe. Although hailstorms can be destructive, the amount of damage can vary greatly. Different types of roofing material are affected differently and should be inspected by a professional. Below goes in depth on the impact of hailstorms and tips to identify damage that is a result of such storms.
- During a hailstorm, wind direction and wind speed can vary. Changes in wind conditions can affect the location and severity of hail impacts.
- Size and density – The size of the hail can affect the degree of damage, if any, to your property. A hail hit can be as small as a pea, or as large as a softball. More times than not, hail does not have smooth edges, which can impact the type of damage they cause.
- Type of materials – Hail impacts building materials differently. Where hail causes more dings to aluminum siding, gutters and/or asphalt shingles, it cracks vinyl siding or wood shake shingles. The age of the material greatly affects the severity of the damage as well.
- House positioning – Neighboring structures and natural barriers, like tree cover reduce the ability of hail to cause damage.
What Does Roofing Hail Damage Look Like?
Shingles can react differently when struck by hail. Asphalt and Composition Shingles normally have random hits with no visible pattern. They are typically black in color due to affecting the granules. When exposing the
fiberglass mat, the mat can appear to look shiny.
With Wood Shingles, the hail hits tend to split the shingles with indentations at the hit location.
The presence of one or more of these may indicate a situation where the homeowner needs a full roof replacement instead of a simple roof repair. Here are a few things to look for.
Other Areas Around Property That Indicate Hail:
- look for dented gutters, gutter screens, or downspouts
This is not always the case, but many times, if a roof has significant hail damage up top, the gutters will have some impact damage.
- look for damage to siding and windows or window screens
You can also check the home’s siding and windows for dents or dings. These are places where, if there’s significant damage to the roof, there will most likely be damage to these things as well.
- exposed metal surfaces- metal fascia on eaves and gables a lot of the time show signs of hail damage impact.
- look for damage to air conditioners or other outdoor items
As a professional contractor, it’s All Around Roofing, Siding & Gutters job to inspect and note everything that was damaged on your property. This could be a shed, patio cover, porch, decking, anything that the insurance may cover. No matter what it is we’ll fight to make sure you get everything you’re intitled to.