Are you aware that during a hail storm more than just your vehicles are potentially vulnerable to damage and future repairs? When hail hits, it can damage the roof or covering of your home as well as other personal property. Although hailstorms can be destructive, the amount of damage can vary greatly. Following are some factors that affect the type and degree of damage that may be impacted by a hailstorm, as well as a guide on how to identify hail damage to different types of shingles and roofing materials.
- Wind – During a hailstorm, wind direction and wind speed can vary. Changes in wind conditions can affect the location and severity of hail impacts.
- Size and density – The size of the hailstones can affect the degree of damage, if any, to your property. A hailstone can be as small as a pea, or as large as a softball. Most hailstones do not have smooth edges, which can impact the type of damage they cause.
- Building materials – Building materials absorb hail impacts differently. For example, hail can cause dings in aluminum siding, gutters or asphalt shingles, whereas it can crack vinyl siding or wood shakes. Alternatively, softball-sized hailstones can be dense enough and strong enough to puncture a roof. Additionally, the age and condition of a roof could affect the degree of damage.
- Barriers – The position of neighboring structures and natural barriers, like tree cover, landscaping, fences or adjacent homes can reduce the ability of hail to cause damage.
What Does Hail Damage to Your Roof Look Like?
Shingles can react differently when struck by hail. As an example, hail damage to asphalt and composition shingles can look very different than hail damage to wood shingles. It is important to know the different effects of the damage to properly identify whether or not you have roof damage from hail.
Asphalt and Composition Shingles Hail Damage
- Random damage with no discernible pattern.
- Hail hits that are black in color.
- Loss of granules, which may expose the roof felt.
- Asphalt and/or mat that appears shiny.
- Hail hits that are soft to the touch, like the bruise on an apple.
Wood Shingles Hail Damage
- Random damage with no discernible pattern.
- A split in the shingle that is brown/orange in color.
- A split in the shingle that has sharp corners and edges.
- A split in the shingle that has little to no deterioration at the edges.
- Impact marks or dents along the splits.
There are many other types of damage to shingles that can be mistaken for hail damage. For example, exposure to inclement weather and sunlight makes shingles brittle and gives them an aged appearance. This type of damage is normal wear and tear of shingles, which is sometimes misidentified as hail damage. Other types of normal wear and tear may include blistering, cracking, granule loss, flaking, and algae. Manufacturing defects and mechanical imperfections in shingles can also be mistaken for hail damage, Call Millennium Roofing for a roofing inspection if you suspect roofing damage.
Storm Damage is No Problem Now
Depending on the extent of the storm damage, it may take some time for you to get a quote from our roofing contractor. If your roof has been severely damaged, you may need to wait days for the damage to subside, which will allow you to make the repairs that will get you back on the road and ready to enjoy the benefits of your new roof. One way to determine the cost of your storm damage is to get the names and phone numbers of other people who have roofs like yours. When you call each one of them to ask about the quotes they received, you will be able to see the difference between the cost you were quoted by each one of them, as well as the total of the job.
Different Types of Roof Repair Available
There are several different types of roof repair available, and it is important to be aware of which repairs are available for your home before you begin the work. The main types are shingle roof replacement and roof repair. If you do not want to replace your roof, you can choose one of the more popular options, such as asphalt shingles or asphalt roof repair offered by Millennium Roofing. The cost of your roof repair can be significantly less than the cost of a new roof. While you may not have to replace your roof when you are facing a roof leak or damaged shingles or shingle, you may still want to have your roof replaced in the event of future problems. A roof can be one of the most costly repairs you will have to make in your life. You can always count on Millennium Roofing’s services and can easily avoid being overcharged for storm damage roof repairs.