No matter what type of hail damage you have on your roof, it can become very expensive to repair even if they look minor at first. By understanding how hail damage doesn’t just affect your roof but also the rest of your home, you’re able to prepare yourself before it causes significant damage to your roof. Leading general construction company Timberland Exteriors explains what you need to know:
How to Check For Hail Damage
Hail damage can sometimes be hardly visible unless a thorough roof inspection is conducted. If this isn’t addressed properly, the damage can grow and start to affect different parts of your home. This can lead to other types of damage and even more costly repairs! Some of the most common types of damage caused by hail include:
- Fractured Fiberglass Mat – The hail that impacts your shingles can shatter their surfacing, causing breakage from the fiberglass mat underneath. This is often hard to detect unless you have it checked professionally during a routine inspection.
- Cracked Shingles – Hailstones constantly falling on your roof along with strong winds can create hard impacts that can cause them to crack. When this happens, your roof will have areas that are exposed to water and other weather elements. Having this on your roof means its effectiveness against the weather conditions becomes compromised.
Which Hail Size Can Damage My Roof?
As a top home remodeling contractor, we understand how different types of hail can affect how much damage your roof has sustained. They come in different shapes and sizes which are affected by the speed the hailstones impact as well as the current condition of your roof.
When we inspect your roof for hail damage, we look for the following:
- Dime-Size – When hail that measures about ¾ inches or the size of a dime falls on your roof, it won’t usually damage new shingles or harder materials (i.e. metal and tiles). But it can be problematic if your shingles were already old or previously damaged.
- Quarter-Size – Normally, this won’t immediately damage your shingles but can still speed up their deterioration. Hail of this size falling at a higher velocity can cause more tearing and cracks if you have damaged shingles.
- Half-Dollar Size – Hail that’s a half-dollar size or bigger can easily damage shingles even at a low velocity. Higher impact speeds can even break the slate tiles and dent metal roofs. Have your roofing system checked for damage as soon as a severe storm with hailstones of this size passes.
When it comes to top-notch exterior home remodeling services, Timberland Exteriors is the only name you can trust! If you’re in Minneapolis, Maplewood, Detroit Lakes, and the surrounding MN areas, call us at (651) 439-1760 or (218) 849-6675 for more information. You can also fill out our online contact form!