Undoubtedly, hail is a dangerous and harsh force of Mother Nature—you can ask residents of south-east Queensland about their hail damaged roofs.
As a matter of fact, even small hail storms can cause great damage to your roof. Some of the notable hail roof damage signs that are subtle and may go unnoticed include damaged roof gutters and broken corners on clay roof.
More often, these are ignored leading to worse damage which translates to expensive roof leakages or urgent need for a roof replacement service. Other major problems may include damaged gutters, vents, chimneys and skylights
We at Storm Assist understand it all, and this post has been tailored to help you identify early signs of hail roof damage so you can take action before the damage worsens.
How Hail Damages a Roof
The severity of a hail-related roof damage is determined by several factors including size, shape and density. Hailstones come in different sizes, shapes and density.
According to experts, hailstones that are bigger than 3cm in size cause the worst damage. Accelerated by high winds, these large hailstones puncture weaker and older roofs. Moreover, the most dangerous are hails with jagged edges.
One of the common questions homeowners often ask our crew is, “Can pea-sized hailstones damage a roof?” The answer is yes. Even the tiniest hail impact can cause a roof leak or problems that compromise the ultimate safety and value of your roof.
Immediate Hail Damage Repairs
Once a hailstorm has passed, it’s necessary to walk around your property and inspect any visible damage caused by hailstones or strong wind. Calling in an experienced roofing professional to inspect your roof can help you to be thorough with your hail damage roof inspection and if it’s fixed then that would help save more costs later. Keep in mind that any undetected problem now gets worse with time and becomes more expensive to fix later.
Gutters often suffer serious damage from hailstorm. In most of these cases, steel gutters withstand hailstorm damage while seamless gutters with copper or aluminium construction may have signs of dimpling or denting. On the other hand, gutters made from vinyl may have cracks and punctures. If your roof has a gutter screen or gutter leaf guard, then be sure to inspect it for tears or bends in metals or plastics.
The information contained in this article is of a general nature only. It does not take your specific needs, objectives or circumstances into consideration, and is not financial advice, legal advice or otherwise a recommendation to purchase any financial product or insurance policy. You should seek your own independent financial advice from a qualified financial and insurance adviser before making any financial decisions, and seek your own independent legal advice from a qualified solicitor before making any decisions of a legal nature.