Assessing hail damage is one of the more complicated aspects of roof repair. It’s not as easily identifiable as other types of roofing damage, which makes it more difficult to determine how much damage there is. Inexperienced inspectors and insurance adjusters have been known to mistake it for roofing blisters.
In today’s post, the local roofing and siding contractors at Affordable Roofing, Siding and Gutters discuss the factors that determine how much damage hail can cause on your roof.
Hailstone size, shape and density. Hailstones come in various sizes, shapes and densities. They can be as small as pebbles that are relatively harmless to a standard asphalt shingle roof or bigger than a human fist and dense enough to penetrate a roof. According to experts, hailstones that are at least three centimeters in diameter can cause dents, cracks and other kinds of damage to the roof. Taking photos of the hail from the ground after a hailstorm can be helpful when filing an insurance claim.
Wind damage. Wind speed can change hailstone speed and velocity, which can make hailstone impact fast and intense. Having trees and structures of a similar height on your property can act as shields. Wind can also change hailstone direction to the point where it could hit other parts of the house, including siding and windows, which can result in an unplanned window replacement.
Age and condition of the roof. The roof’s age and condition can affect how severely the hail will affect the roof. A poorly-maintained roof with pre-existing issues is more vulnerable to impact damage. This is one of the many reasons why roofing manufacturers count roofing maintenance as one of the requirements for warranty coverage. After all, they can’t guarantee a roof’s performance against wind and hailstone damage if the roof is neglected. Investing in a roofing system with high wind and impact resistance ratings can help reduce the damage caused by hailstorms to your home.
Affordable Roofing, Siding and Gutters is one of the leading roofing and gutter companies serving the Chattanooga area. Give us a call at (423) 584-5600 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.