Hail is a type of precipitation that forms when rain gets caught in a thunderstorm updraft and freezes into ice. While not always spherical, these ice pellets are usually roundish and can be as tiny as a pebble and as big as a softball. When they collide with a surface, such as a roof, they can cause harm. The guide below explores roofing hail damage so you can better protect your property.
The degree of damage primarily depends on the size, density, and trajectory of the hailstone itself. For example, hailstones that are less than an inch in diameter can still knock off the granules of asphalt roofing shingles. They can have a harsher impact during high winds. Depending on the location of your house, nearby trees or buildings can help take the brunt of a hailstorm.
If ignored, hail damage can lead to a leak in your roofing, which then causes moisture problems, like wood rot or mold. With wood rot, not only can it compromise the structural integrity of the roof or attic, but it can also invite pests. As for mold, beyond being unsightly, it can negatively affect the respiratory system of residents.
All of these problems will also snowball. For example, damage to one or two shingles can usually be easily repaired. However, if the problem is allowed to remain, the leak or degradation of materials will become worse. Eventually, you will need a full roof replacement to fix the issues.
Summer is often the biggest season for hail, so you should arrange for a roof inspection in the fall, especially if you notice signs. Irregular wear is one of the most common indicators of hail damage. Since the hailstones vary in size, they leave random marks on the surface without a clear pattern. For asphalt shingles, you might also see dark or black spots, as well as indentations. As mentioned above, granule loss is often likely, as are tears or peeling corners of the shingles.
If there's recently been a storm, you can rely on Storm Solution Specialists. Located in Bellevue, NE, this family-owned and -operated business is trusted by residents throughout eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. They offer free hail inspections and will efficiently determine the extent of the hail damage and necessary repair work. They're also trained for siding and window repairs and installations. You can learn more about their services on their website, but if you have any questions, call (402) 291-4040.