Ways to check for Hail Damage
Hail damage to roof shingles can be obvious or very difficult to uncover. It takes a trained eye to spot hail damage to roof shingles. You may ask yourself what is the big deal if a few granules come loose? It is not like there is a hole in my roof. BUT you could be surprised at the weight it takes to knock the surface materials off a shingle. When damage is discovered, the integrity of the shingle could have been compromised. Once your roof has been compromised a water leak could possibly develop over time. Some of the most common ways to check for when identifying hail damage to your roof would be: checking for any missing pieces in the asphalt of the roof.
You want to look for areas on the shingles that have exposed, black substrate, and bruising in the shingles. Dents from hail storms are not always visible, even the smallest hail storm can and cause roof hail damage. Unfortunately, hail damage to roof tops often cannot be seen from the ground, which is why the idea of hail damage hardly ever crosses a homeowner’s mind until it is too late.
I Discovered Hail Damage. Now What?
Contacting a reputable roofing company to come and inspect your roof will be crucial. Some traits you will want to look for when hiring a roofing contractor:
- Fully Insured and Bonded
- Established History
- Positive Reputation
- Trained Project Managers
- Written Contracts
According to NACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors), the test squares are 10 feet by 10 feet. Once the test square has been created, the adjuster counts the number of hail strikes within the test square. The most common number of hits is eight. All Insurance agencies have different policies, so make sure you contact your insurance agency for more information. Once determined if there is enough damage to your roof you will want to make an insurance claim.
What is the average size of hail that could do damage?
On average, it usually takes a 1inch or above diameter hail stone to cause damage. When referring to hail sizes, here are a few common objects to compare:
- Pea Size Hail = ¼ inch in diameter
- Marble Size Hail = ½ inch in diameter
- Dime or Penny Size Hail = ¾ inch in diameter
- Nickel Size Hail = 7/8 inch in diameter
- Quarter Size Hail = 1 inches in diameter
- Golf Ball Size Hail = 1½ inches in diameter
- Tennis Ball Size Hail = 2½ inches in diameter
- Baseball Size Hail = 2¾ inches in diameter
- Tea Cup Size Hail = 3 inches in diameter
- Softball Size Hail = 4 inches in diameter
Hail damage inspections are vital skills for professionals working in roofing sales and project management. They have a trained eye to spot hail damage for homeowners and commercial companies to help them get fair coverage for the losses they have sustained. In conclusion, our job is to assist the homeowner to get full and fair settlement for all parts of the home that have sustained damage because of hail damage.
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