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How Hail Damages Your Roof

Sep 25, 2020
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If you have been subjected to a hailstorm, you will have learned how damaging hail damage can be to your roof and fascia. Here, we outline how it damages your roof and what you can do to prevent it.

If you have been subjected to a hailstorm, you will have learned how damaging hail damage can be to your roof and fascia. Here, we outline how it damages your roof and what you can do to prevent it.

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If you have been subjected to a hailstorm, you will have learned how damaging hail damage can be to your roof and fascia. You are probably also aware that hail damage can sometimes cause serious damage to the exterior part of your home, as well as damage to vehicles, and other material stored outside.

The total amount of damage of any hail storm on your home's roof depends on many factors, such as the type of roof you have, the size and duration of the storm, the type of hail that you experienced, among other things.

The first step in determining if you need to repair or replace your roof is to determine the intensity of damage (how badly it is) that has occurred. You can determine this by checking the "caused" area of damage for damage, such as dents or cracked tiles. When evaluating hail damage, you should consider how it damages your roof and the problems associated with it.

Cracks to the Shingles

Hail damage to your roof and fascia occurs when the precipitation that collects on the roof causes damage to the shingles. The damage causes cracks in the shingles, allowing for other problems to potentially follow. Shingles are primarily used to protect your roof from naturally-occurring, environmental damage often caused by storms, including hail.

When hail becomes too large to be absorbed by the roof's surface, it often breaks glass windows and shingles from the inside out. This type of damage is extremely dangerous and requires immediate attention. In order to repair this type of damage, you will need to consult with your local roofing contractor.

Once damage has been done to the shingles, it becomes very difficult to repair them. If your fascia has also been damaged, you need to decide if the damage that has occurred to your fascia insulation is due to the damage that has been caused to your shingles or to both. Your fascia insulation is typically more affected by hail damage than your shingles. This is because it is more exposed to  hail and is more likely to be impacted more than shingles.

Damage to your fascia may also occur if you have had hail damage on your fascia prior to your damage to your roof. Sometimes, the damage on the fascia can be more severe than the damage that is caused by the actual hail. The fascia will show signs of damage as streaks or splits where hail has traveled.

Water Accumulation

In addition to damage that is caused by hail, the rain that falls on your roof during a storm can cause roof damage as well. While the impact hail can have on the material of your roof is high, it's not the only way your roof is damaged during a storm.

Hail is composed of ice and water droplets, which are very small and can damage roofs without any visible damage. Hail can cause the roof to become very slick if it gets into the fibers of the roof and causes some kind of puddle of water to develop. This can cause an accumulation of ice, which is extremely damaging to the roof and can even cause some leaking to occur. On roofs with shingles, it can cause damage directly to the Granule, allowing it to deteriorate faster. When this happens, your roof becomes more susceptible to environmental damage much easier than roofs that have been installed correctly with the correct material.

In order to prevent general roofing damage from occurring, new fiberglass roofing products are now available that can effectively provide this type of protection. One of the primary advantages of these products over traditional roofing material is their ability to reduce the amount of damage caused to the roof by hail, as well as their ability to make your roof more resistant to naturally occurring events that damage your home. Because these types of products are made of a stronger fiberglass material, they are also able to work to prevent any type of breakage. This can save you the hassle of having to replace a broken roof, which is especially beneficial for those who live in areas that experience large amounts of rain or snow.

When hail comes into contact with fiberglass, however, it can cause the under part of it to crack, often resulting in dire roof damage. This is most commonly seen on flat roofs or other types of roofs.

In order to prevent damage occurring as a result of hail, it's best to use a strong, long-lasting, and durable material to construct the roof. While shingles may be the most popular option for roofing material, consider installing a metal roof or a roof made of fiberglass, one that's been increasing in popularity in recent years.

When to Inspect Your Roof

If your roof has started to look worn, and you're wondering when you should have a roof inspection, there are several factors to consider. While it's not uncommon for roofs to deteriorate over time as a result of the natural weathering process, there also exists damage to your roof as a result of a storm.

There is also secondary corrosion that happens when metal shingles or asphalt shingles come into contact with other metals such as copper or iron, causing corrosion. This type of damage to a roof typically occurs when there is inadequate maintenance or if the materials used on the roof are compromised.

Proper care and maintenance are critical in order to keep your roof in top shape. Regular inspections and maintenance can also make sure that your roof remains safe and that your energy bill remains low.

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