In Central Texas and the Austin area, hailstorms and windstorms are common events. At times, the hail is only the size of a pea, but at other times, the stones can reach the size of a golf ball or even be as big as a softball. Isolated instances of larger hailstones have been reported as well. Because hail is extremely hard and often has very sharp edges, it can cause significant property damage regardless of the type of roof you have on your home.
Hail Damage to Your Roof System – Areas Involved
Hail Damage to Asphalt Shingles
Hail typically causes random property damages that lack a discernible pattern when it impacts asphalt shingles. In spots where the hail has hit, the shingles may have lost their granules, exposing the core of the shingles. If the shingles are light in color, such damage patterns are easier to identify as the darker color of the core materials — or even the underlayment — will provide contrast. If the hail is sufficiently large, it can crack the mat that comprises the core of the shingles. Older asphalt shingles tend to suffer more damage than new ones during the same hail storm. Hail damage to asphalt shingles should be repaired immediately as it represents a high potential for leaks.
Hail Damage to Metal Roofs
Large hail could dent a metal roof, but with modern metal roofing systems, the damages are virtually always cosmetic and seldom result in leaks. Unless the hail is extremely large and falls for an extended period, the dents may not even be visible from ground level.
Hail Damage to Other Types of Roofs
Wood shingles and shakes typically do not bear up well under hail. It is common for them to split when struck by hail that is more than 0.75 inch in diameter. Hail of this size can also break tile and has been known to crack or chip slate. On flat or low-slope roofs, hail can puncture the membranes or damage the interior layers of a built-up roof.
Hail Damage to Roofing Components
Your roof contains a number of components besides the roof covering. Hail can damage flashing, which can allow water penetration to occur. Gutters and downspouts, fascia and roof vents can be damaged, and hail can break skylights.
If You Suspect Hail Damage
If you suspect that you have hail damage to your roof or any of its components, you should ask a reputable contractor to conduct an inspection. An experienced roofing contractor can differentiate between hail damage, normal wear and manufacturing defects. This can help you decide whether you need to file a claim with your insurance company or the manufacturer.
Alpha Roofing Industries has more than 30 years of experience and has built a solid reputation for integrity, professionalism and high-quality work. We offer a full range of residential and commercial roofing related services to customers in the Austin area as well as many other locations in Central Texas. Whether you need roof repair, attic insulation, roof replacement, gutter installation, chimney repair, siding installation, flashing repair or skylight installation, our highly trained crews will provide you with superior work at reasonable rates. Call (512) 777-1086 to request a free quote or fill out our convenient online form.
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