Hail is a natural phenomenon that can hard to prep anything for. Whether that be your vehicle, outdoor furniture, your home, you name it! When a hailstorms rolls through, hail damage affects all of us in some manner. When it comes to our rooftops, it can be an even more impactful nuisance.
Even the newest asphalt shingle rooftop isn’t safe. Shingles can be bruised or even torn through by hail if the size of the hail is large enough. In terms of size, hail that is roughly the size of a marble is not likely to cause any noticeable damage, other than general wear on the shingles. However, if a storm comes through bringing down hail close to one inch or larger, be prepared to find various dents and circular bruises along your roof.
Even the impressive durability of a PVC flat roof can suffer from hail. While it is not likely to puncture the membrane, the bludgeoning damage caused by hail will reduce the durability and wear out the membrane quicker causing a shorter lifespan for said membrane.
Well after the deed’s been done, you may think that insurance will just cover the damage. Sorry to say, that is not always the case. While it may be apart of most basic homeowners insurance, not all claims will be approved. The damage done may “not be enough” to satisfy your insurance company’s “criteria”.
Here are just a few examples of the shingle hail damage that you should keep an eye out for:
1. Fully Punctured Shingles
2. Bruised/Damaged Shingles
3. Dented Vents
So at the end of it all, after a hailstorm rolls through, be sure to have a local roofing company take analyze your roof for any potential bruising or other damage and look out for any broken skylights, dented gutters, downspouts, windows, and siding! If you can, take pictures detailing said damage, and a picture of the hail showing its size. This will help immensely when filing a claim with you insurance company and will provide a better picture for them to work off of!
Now during the storm season, we hope you all are staying safe and that this blog will help with any potential situations that may arise. Thank you for reading!