Posted on: 16 January 2017
Hail is one type of weather that shows no mercy on roofs. In fact, a research by the University of Western Sydney's Engineering School reveals that most roofs in Australia can barely stand a hail storm that occurs once in fifteen years. The extent of the damage mainly depends on the size of the hail; large hail usually causes more havoc than small hail. But how do you tell that your roof has been damaged by hail?
Signs Of A Damaged Roof
Some roofs such as hail proof tiles perform relatively well in hail storms. Others, though, do not. Some types of shingles such as asphalt, for instance, don't do so well in hail. Asphalt and composition shingles are destroyed by hail when the pellets knock loose the roof the granules. This exposes the asphalt underneath which appears darker in color. And compared to your neighbor's roof, your shingles may also appear dirty.
Another sign of a destroyed roof is missing shingles. Severe hail storms are usually accompanied by strong winds; winds that can blow the shingles off once the granules are loose. Also check for a damp wall or water that is dripping in the house straight from the roof or ceiling. If these signs were not there before the storm, it means there is damage on the roof that is causing the water leak. Washed off granules is also an indication of roof damage; after coming loose, the granules are washed off and collect on the ground.
If you find that your roof has been damaged by hail, get in touch with some professional roofers. They can not only repair the damage, but they may also recommend the best way to combat the situation when it arises again in the future.
Damage Limitation Strategies
To prevent your roof from suffering during a hail storm, start by cutting off weak tree branches that are directly over your roof; when hail strikes, the winds may force the branches to break off and fall on your roof, which adds to the danger that can be caused by the hail itself.
Inspecting your roof from time to time is another strategy that can save you thousands of dollars in repair. Before the storm, get up to your roof and check for damaged or missing shingles. Consider replacing these shingles with class 3 or 4 shingles; class 3 and 4 shingles are made to endure harsh hail storms.Share