After a hail storm, many people are concerned about its effects on their vehicles. Indeed, often cars sustain noticeable damage after such weather. Something that you might not think about, though, is the effects of hail on your roof. A hail damaged roof can lead to other issues inside your home if it’s not addressed right away.
Factors That Can Lead To A Hail Damage
Not all hail storms are created equal. They vary in both their intensity and the amount of damage they wreak. Below are a few of the different elements that can affect both:
Density and size
The size of the hail your home experiences has a great deal to do with the amount of damage your roof incurs. Hailstorms can produce hail that ranges from the size of a pea to the size of a softball. As you can imagine, larger pieces are more likely to result in hail damaged roofs.
It’s also important to note that most hail doesn’t have smooth and even edges. Instead, it often has pointed and sharps edges which can increase the likelihood that you’ll have a hail damaged roof.
Hailstorms are often accompanied by lots of wind. However, the speed and direction of the wind can make a difference in the intensity of the hail hitting your roof. The wind can also affect where the hail hits your home.
The presence of barriers such as trees, fences, neighboring homes, and the like can serve to protect your home from having a hail damaged roof. Not surprisingly, the lack of such barriers can leave your home more vulnerable to hail damage.
Type of Building Material
The materials that your home and roof are made of can make a difference in whether the hail damages it and the amount of damage that occurs. Asphalt shingles or an aluminum roof can have dings in it from hail. Softball-sized hail is strong enough to puncture a hole in a roof.
The condition of the roof, as well as its age, also makes a difference in how much damage it incurs. A roof that is older or in poor condition is more likely to be damaged by hail.
Signs Of A Hail Damaged Roof
The type of shingles on your roof can affect the kinds of damage you see. In order to help you identify what a hail damaged roof might look like depending on your roofing materials, these are outlined below:
Damage to Wood Shingles
If you see random damage to the shingles that not in a pattern, it’s possible that it’s from hail. Splits in the shingle that has sharp edges or that’s brown in color can also be a sign of a hail damaged roof. Dents and/or impact marks along the splits are a sign of hail damage too.
Damage to Composition and Asphalt Shingles
A loss of granules that might even expose the roof felt are a sign that you have a hail damaged roof. Shiny asphalt is another indication. Hail hits that are soft to the touch or that are black in color also mean that your roof has been damaged by hail. You might also notice that your roof has random damage that doesn’t have a particular pattern.
Contact EC Roofing Today for Roofing Help
At EC Roofing, we’ve been helping homeowners just like you recover from having a hail damaged roof. Our professional team is experienced in determining the best way to address any roofing problem you might be having. Call us today at 410.237.8046 and schedule an appointment for us to access the damage to your roof.