When storms strike Evansville, some people have admiration for them and their power, while others — including some of our furry friends — would rather the storm, thunder, and hail move on somewhere else. Though our plants, trees, and gardens need rain to survive, hail on the other hand, is less ideal for our property, our cars, and our homes.
What is Hail?
Most of us have experienced hail but we may not understand where it comes from or how it is formed. Hailstones are created when raindrops are carried upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere by updrafts in a thunderstorm. The raindrops freeze and create hailstones. Hailstones grow when they come in contact with liquid water drops; they fall to the earth when the updrafts can no longer support the weight of the hailstone. Hailstones fall when the updraft keeping them there weakens or the hailstones become too big to be supported by the updraft.
Hail & Your Roof
Our homes and more specifically our roofs take the brunt of the damage of a hailstorm. Thankfully, our homes are constructed to withstand hail and severe thunderstorms but there is some hail that even our roofs can’t withstand without severe damage. Not all hail is damaging and some roofs handle the impact of hail better than others. However, below is a good rule of thumb for knowing when your roof may need some TLC after a hail storm. Not all hail will damage your roof. However, it can be beneficial to check your roof after any severe storm.
What Kind of Roof Is Best For Hail
No matter the material, all roofs will sustain damage after a severe storm. However, some roofs with materials such as high-quality, hail-rated asphalt shingles or metal roofs can better withstand the effects of hail. Talk to one of our roofing experts to find the right material for your roof that will provide needed protection from hail.
Checking Your Roof After a Hailstorm
Checking your roof periodically can ensure peace of mind. However, it is especially important after a severe storm and hailstorm. If you think major damage occurred to your roof, call your local roofers at Ace Construction right away. Here are some tips for surveying your home’s roof after a hail storm.
We highly recommend that you do not get on a ladder and that you stay on the ground when checking your roof. Yes, it may be more difficult to see the damage of hail up-close, but in many cases, you can see hail damage from the ground. Our roofing contractors who have the proper safety gear, can climb on to your roof and survey the roof to see how extensive the damage truly is.
Look for pock marks that appear white in color, or for shingles with missing granules. You should also walk around your home and look for shingles that may have come loose and fallen to the ground. Your gutters may catch shingles so survey them as well. Look at your roof’s flashing — it may have been broken or it may be missing due to the storm. You may also want to survey the inside of your home. After a severe storm which has damaged your roof severally, you may want to check your attic, ceilings, and walls for leaks. Look for moisture and dark spots. It is important that leaks get fixed right away as they can cause water damage and mold growth — both dangerous and expensive fixes.
Pro Tip: To safely survey the damage of your roof from the ground, use binoculars, a camera, or even a drone to zoom in for a better view of your roof.
Depending on the age and condition of your roof, you may need to call for hail damage repair or roof replacement after a less than severe storm. However, some newer roofs may be able to withstand more harsh weather conditions as they may be rated for hail. Checking your roof after a storm is the best way to determine when to call for roof repair or roof replacement. Call Ace Construction, your Top Rated Local® hail damage repair experts in Evansville when your roof needs to be repaired or replaced. We are GAF Master Elite™ certified which puts us above the rest with higher quality installation techniques and materials; it also allows us to offer you extended warranties. Learn more on our website and call for a free quote!