While hail occurs, it can cause significant damage to the roof. Older roofing systems are even more susceptible to the damaging effects of hail. So, it’s important to understand hail damage and how to identify it.
Hail damage is more than just surface deep; it can lead to more problems than you think. Marks from hailstones can grow larger and more noticeable over time. Hairline cracks can develop from small dents, which can cause water infiltration in the shingles. The protective granules in the shingles can loosen when this moisture evaporates. Without the granules, shingles won’t be protected against harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Severity of Damage
The size, speed and direction of the hail and the age, material and slope of your roof are just some factors that affect the severity of hail damage. Asphalt shingles are more likely to experience hail damage than wood roofs.
Severe damage includes noticeable dents, fissures and cracks while latent damage is characterized by granule loss and weakened shingles. Roofs that are installed over another roof and poorly ventilated shingles will experience more devastating issues.
Repair or Replace
Damaged shingles must be replaced immediately. The replacement process will involve unsealing and resealing shingles. Roofs that have endured more than 12% damage should be replaced since it will be more economical to completely replace the system since more than 50% of shingles will be affected.
Only choose reputable home roofing contractors for your roofing needs. At Hometown Contractors Roofing, we specialize in all commercial and residential roof installation, repair and maintenance. Call us at (512) 635-4206, or fill in our online form for a free estimate. We work with property owners in Georgetown, TX.