The problem with hail damage, is that it is not easily seen a vast majority of the time. A home owner only becomes aware of the fact that their roof sustained damage, well after water leaked in and damaged their valuables.
While you may not be able to see actual holes in your roof after a hail storm, the reality of the fact is that hail storm can significantly lower the lifespan of your entire roof and causes billions of dollars in damages each year.
Dangers Of Hail in New Hope
Hail in itself is a very dangerous weather condition. It is regarded as being one of the most catastrophic weather conditions for several reasons, some of those reasons include:
- Hail shatters windshields and reduce visibility on the road.
- Larger sized hailstones, can damage homes, with the roof bearing the brunt of the impact of hail.
- Hailstones can lead to fatal head injuries.
- Aircrafts can get damaged during a hailstorm.
- Hailstorms lead to billions of dollars worth of loss crops.
Do I Need To Replace Roof After Hail?
It depends on the severity of the storm, but in most cases, yes you need to replace them. In order for you to understand just how important getting your roof checked after a hailstorm is, you have to understand its impact on your roof. Hail storms cause damages on your roof without any visible signs on the ground.
However, hail that is the size of a golf ball, is big enough to damage and even break through your roof. Unfortunately, sometimes hail damages are easily overlooked. However, after a hail-storm, the integrity of your roof shingles may have been comprised.
In addition to that, if the hailstorm came with high winds, or if it lasted longer than just a few minutes, it can cause your roof to loose their protective granules.
Loosing granules from your shingles can drastically lower the life of your roof. This is because a loss of protective granules will leave your shingles exposed to the elements such as the sun’s UV rays.
As a result of this fact, your roof may experience accelerated deterioration over a short period of time, after a hail-storm has occurred. Shingle roofs aren’t the only type of roofs that hailstorms can damage. Hailstones can easily go through skylights and glass roofs.
On the other hand, while metal roofs offer better protection against hailstones, they can get dented and leave a home prone to leaks. When it’s all said and done, a combination of water, snow, hail and ice, all elements of a hail storm, can cause major damages to your home.
Due to the high intensity of hailstorms, they can cause your roof to leak. This in itself can lead to mold attics and flooded basements.
In general, hail causes three types of damages to roofs: cracking, bruising and missing granules. As such, homeowners need to be on the lookout for warning signs that indicate their roof was damaged during a hail storm. In addition to that, homeowners should also check to see:
- Cracks on shingles.
- Missing shingles.
- Dents or cracks in metal roofs.
- Bruising on shingle roofs.
When it comes to evaluating your roof after a hailstorm, it’s highly recommended that you seek the help of a professional contractor. As you can see, you may not be able to see the damage the hailstorm has caused by
A trained professional can take a more in-depth look into your roof to see if it sustained even the smallest of damages. Contact us for a free quote today.