Hail is one of those cruel forces of Mother Nature common in southeast Queensland. And, did you know that even the smallest hails can damage your roof in subtle but significant ways? This is why it’s important you use this inspection checklist!
Well, the subtle signs of a hail-damaged roof such as broken corners on clay roof tiles or shingle granules within the roof gutters can go unnoticed. Then the subtle signs worsen with time, resulting in costly roof leakages needing repairs or urgent roof replacement.
Today, our roof inspection checklist is designed to assist in identifying any existing signs of hail damage on your roof. If you are a homeowner, this post is a must read. Here, we’ll explore all your questions and concerns including:
How fast does hail fall?
How does hail damage a roof?
What is hail and how does it form?
What are the subtle and key signs of hail damage on a roof?
What should I do if I discover hail damage on my roof?
What Is Hail And How Does Hail Form?
Hail consists of frozen precipitation that can potentially inflict serious damage to vehicles, roofs and buildings, and also injure humans and animals.
Hail is formed when water droplets or dust particles float through the air in freezing temperatures. When these tiny nuclei are carried by wind into storm clouds, the droplets freeze and start growing in size, accumulating more moisture from rainfall and water vapour as the wind tosses it down into the atmosphere before it’s taken up by storm currents to freeze again.
The stronger the stormy winds, the longer it will take the hail to circle back and forth between both freezing and non-freezing temperatures, hence growing in size. Eventually, the hailstone drops to the earth surface, causing damage to roofs, vehicles and buildings below.
How Fast Does Hail Fall?
The speed at which hailstone falls to the ground is dependent on its size, but experts estimate that a marble-sized hailstone moves at a speed of 32km/h while a cricket ball sized hailstone moves faster with speeds of more than 160km/h.
How Does Hail Damage A Roof?
The severity of hail damage to your roof is dependent on several factors including the size, shape and density of hail.
According to experts, hailstones larger than 3cm cause the worst damage and when accelerated by high winds, they are able to puncture older and weaker roofs. The impact of jagged hail with rough edges is more dangerous and severe.
One of the most common questions asked by homeowners is whether pea-sized hail can damage a roof. The answer to this question is YES! In fact, even the smallest hail impact can cause a roof leakage or more complex problems that can compromise the overall value and safety of the roof.
What Are The Subtle and Key Signs of Hail Damage On A Roof?
In the aftermath of a storm, it’s prudent that you take time to check your property and establish whether there are any damages caused by the wind or hailstones. It’s advisable that you be thorough with your hail damage roof inspection. However, identifying even minor hail damage can be difficult and that’s why we recommend seeking the help of a roofing company to inspect the roof and property for you.
Keep in mind that problems detected early can be fixed, saving you thousands of dollars while any undetected problems can worsen with time and eventually result in more costly repairs or roof replacement.
With experienced roofing professional, damaged gutters, shingles, skylights, roof vents, chimneys and even the smallest granules that have been knocked off will be detected and fixed, helping you avoid roof damage or leakages in your roof.
What Should I Do If I Discover Hail Damage on My Roof?
If you detect any damage to your roof after a hailstorm, it’s really a good idea to seek the help of a roofing professional to do a thorough inspection of your roof but don’t always go for the cheaper one. An expert will carry out an accurate assessment of the damage including damage to the roof membrane and shingles. If the hail roof damage is significant, you may have to file an insurance claim for hail roof damage.
Need a roof inspection for a hail damaged roof by experienced professionals? Contact us today on 1800 STORMS or here!
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