Hail may not be as common as wind and rain, but the damage it can do can be impactful and long-lasting. This can be prevented when you know what to look for and repair it. We all tend to worry about hurricanes and tornados, but hail storms are much more common than you think. In 2018, there were over 4,000 hail storms in the United States. In this blog, we are going to provide a background on hail and its impact on your property.
What is Hail?
Hail is a solid type of precipitation formed during thunderstorms. It happens when upward air currents bring raindrops into the higher-level clouds where temperatures are below freezing.
These tiny ice particles gather around items in the air such as ice crystals, dust, and frozen raindrops. This is among other items forming a solid block. Some are the size of marbles, but hail can get as big as a grapefruit.
No matter the size, hail can do significant damage to your home, car and other property exposed to the elements.
Hail damage can lead to carbon monoxide leaks.
What Factors Affect Hail Damage?
- Size and Density: As noted above, hailstones can be a variety of sizes and shapes- all of which can do significant damage to your roof and your home. Depending on the atmospheric conditions when the hailstones were forming, they can also be quite dense. The bigger and denser the hailstone is, the more damage it can do to your roof and your property.
- Wind: Like many other storms, wind damage is always a variable that can damage your property. Depending on the direction, speed and intensity of the wind, the severity of the hail damage could be affected.
- Obstructions: Most of the time, we think of obstructions as negatives, but when it comes to hail storms, they are a welcomed sight. Obstructions such as neighborhood structures, tree cover, landscaping, adjacent homes and other natural barriers can provide relief from hail damage. However, the brunt of that damage will still affect those obstructions potentially leading to other costly repairs.
- Roof Material and Age: Depending on the type of roof you have and its age, the damage from hail can be quite different. For instance, hail can cause “dings” in gutters, asphalt shingles and aluminum siding, but it can crack vinyl siding or wood shakes. Larger hailstones can be dense enough and strong enough to completely tear a hole in your roof. If your roof is older and/or hasn’t been maintained, it could be prone to more extensive damage.
Inspecting Your Roof After a Hail Storm
Make sure that you have roofing boots, a ladder in good condition, a camera for spotting damage, chalk to mark problem areas and a friend to help stabilize your ladder.
If you are interested in the ins and outs of roof inspection, take a look at the I.O.U. method. If it is too dangerous or you are simply not comfortable, Secured Roofing and Restoration provides emergency services for storm damage.
Hail damage is actually covered by insurance more than many other types of storm damage.
Carbon Monoxide Leaks
A report out of Colorado Springs has identified that hail damage can lead to carbon monoxide leaks. Though we are in Florida, this damage can happen to any home in any location. Hail damage can damage your roof vents which prevents carbon monoxide gases from escaping.
While a typical home isn’t constantly filling with carbon monoxide, over time it can build up and cause you to be sick or even die. Fire departments suggest that having a carbon monoxide detector is essential to any home, but particularly in locations that are prone to hail storms.
When to Call a Professional
Don’t be a hero. Getting up on your roof is dangerous and could lead to injury, especially if you aren’t prepared or qualified. Call an experienced, local roofing contractor.
Hail damage is actually covered more than many other types of storm damage, so it would be a good idea to contact your insurance claim adjuster as well.
If you contact Secured Roofing and Restoration, we will take care of the entire process for you. From working with your claims adjuster to putting the finishing touches on your roof, we can get your home back to its original condition. You can check the quality of our work in our Facebook page.