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Hail, No!

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

summer rain with hail falls on the roof of slate Hail storm

Instances of extreme weather in Maize, KS, take its toll on your home's exterior—especially your roof, which is the most exposed part of any house. Hail, in particular, can cause serious though less visible damage than say, high winds or torrential rains. For homeowners, a hail damaged roof is among the hardest areas to assess. Before you call a roofing contractor for hail damage repair services, you can check for the three major signs of damage: cracking, denting and missing pieces of shingles or shingle granules. Here's some basic roofing guidance.

Factors in Hail Damage

The following factors can help assess roof damage:

  • Wind speed and direction affect the location and degree of hail damage.
  • Size and density of hail (pea size to softball size, smooth or ragged edges) determine the extent of damage.
  • Protective barriers around your house (trees, neighboring structures) reduce hail's destructive effects.
  • Building materials and your roof's age and condition affect its potential for damage.

Types of Roofing Materials
It's important to keep in mind that normal wear and tear can be mistaken for a hail damaged roof. Additionally, the composition of roof shingles affects how the damage appears.
Asphalt and Composition Shingles:

  • Damage is random and without pattern.
  • Hail strikes appear black.
  • Granule loss may expose the roof felt.
  • Asphalt or mat may look slick or shiny.
  • Hail strikes are soft to the touch.

Wood Shingles:

  • Random, patternless damage.
  • Split shingle with brown or orange tones at the split.
  • Split shingle with sharp edges.
  • Split shingle with minimal or no deterioration at the edges.
  • Impact dents visible along the splits.

If you can actually see major damage or suspect you have a hail damaged roof after a weather event, it's a good idea to contact storm damage professionals to tarp the roof and ensure there's no follow-on, secondary damage before it's commercially inspected and repairs begin.

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