What is hail?
Hail forms when frozen water drops are lifted in turbulent wind regimes during thunderstorms. The frozen drops of water increase in size and eventually fall to earth as hail having been driven by a combination of gravity and wind forces. Hail stones vary in size from pea size (1/4 inch diameter), through marble size (3/4 inch diameter), to golf ball size (1 1/2inch diameter).
What is hail damage?
Hail damage looks like a dark spot, or bruise, where the roofing granules have been knocked away (look in gutters for accumulation of granules). In some cases you may find holes, cracking, or missing shingles on roofs with hail damage.
Where does hail damage happen?
Hail size distributions tend to be localized with some roofs damaged, while others are not. Wind direction plays an important role, as well as roof pitch. A direct impact of hail on a shingle is more damaging than that of a glancing blow. Hail-damaged roof shingles show a ‘scouring’ effect in which larger, more irregularly shaped areas of shingle surface have lost granules.
Where is hail damage?
Start by looking in your roof gutters and on the ground for large amounts of mineral granules lost from the roof. Roofs are the most commonly damaged part of a home or business in hailstorms. A damaged shingle may allow water to seep through the roof causing additional damage to the roof deck, support structure, interior walls, or windows, and can cause leaking, staining on walls and flooding inside your home.
Tips on preventing damage:
There really isn’t a way to prevent hail damage. Any roof is susceptible to damage from hail. Once your roof is damaged it is imperative to get the damage assessed and repaired. If there was a hail event in your area, don’t wait! Call Berlet Roofing to come and inspect your property. We will inspect the hail damage and get you on the road to recovery.
Call (970)846-9816 today for your free inspection!