Hail and Storm Damage Repair in St. Louis
Most people are somewhat aware of the damage hail can cause, in particular, the larger variety of hail that is notorious for damaging and denting cars. This awareness doesn’t always fully translate into the impact a hail storm can have on your home’s roof. While you can visually see the damage to your car after a hail storm, you can’t always see the damage to a roof. The damage you can’t see can put the longevity of your roof at risk.
Hail is a real bur in every homeowner’s shoe. While some types of weather, such as rain, provide much-needed sources of water, most would agree that there really isn’t any upside to a hail storm. Chunks of ice and hail can be anywhere between the size of a small pebble all the way up to the size of a softball. When these frozen particles come careening out of the sky towards our homes, they can easily shatter windows, ruin our automobiles, pelt and damage our siding, and tear our roofs to smithereens. But even a “light” hail storm (if there is such a thing) can cause damage to our roofs, even though it may not be easy to spot.
There are several key factors that determine how much damage is caused by a hailstorm as follows:
- Wind – the wind plays a key role in determining how damaged the side of your home becomes. Heavy winds can push the hail just enough in a lateral direction to smash against your windows or your siding, causing massive destruction.
- Hail Size/Density – naturally, the size of the hail will largely determine the amount of damage inflicted on your home. Though they can range in sizes, realize that most hailstones have rough edges, which can cause them to break apart and rip through softer building materials.
- Building Materials – different kind of building materials withstand the impact of hailstones differently. For example, hail can easily dent, ding, and punch small holes in asphalt shingles, aluminum siding, and other soft materials. Ideally, you would want to have high impact shingles that are rated for hail damage, but slate roofing is the best defense.
- Barriers – though barriers, like other homes, may sound like a good thing at first, understand that they can also be negative. For example, an overhanging tree limb could either shelter your home from hail or fall on your roof and cause further damage.
How to Spot Hail Damage
Sometimes hail damage can be extremely hard to identify, causing homeowners to think they’re roof is fine, when in reality, they are setting themselves up for water damage. And because hail damages various shingles in different ways, it can be hard to identify the damage.
Asphalt/Composition Shingle Damage Clues
- Seemingly random destruction, without an easily identifiable pattern
- Small dots where the hail struck that are black in color
- Exposed roof felt
- A mat or asphalt that looks shiny
- Soft areas where hail struck that are soft, kind of like bruised fruit
Wood Shingle Damage Clues
- Random damage without a pattern
- A brown or orange split in the shingles
- A shingle that has a split with sharp edges
- A new, fresh split that doesn’t have deteriorating edges
- Dents, dings, depressions, and impact marks
If you are even a little suspicious that hail damaged your roof, you need to call a professional as quickly as possible. Failing to do so could create costly water damage down the road.
If your home has recently been through a hailstorm and you want to be sure that your roof hasn’t been compromised, then please contact us immediately. Storm damage specialists from United Construction Solutions will perform a FREE damage inspection and guide you through the insurance claim process. We have the knowledge and ability to work on your behalf to ease your stress and ensure you receive the highest value for your claim.
It takes more than experience to deliver the best in roof repair to each of our customers. It takes a real dedication to quality and a commitment to the kind of high quality, diligent workmanship that delivers the longest lasting, best-looking repairs. Our well trained and friendly St. Louis roofers understand that quality takes extra effort, and they work hard to produce the kinds of results that create a lasting impression on our customers.
If you have experienced hail damage to your roof, let us take a look at what needs to be done –
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