Monday, February 12th, 2018 by Danielle Beaver
According to the NOAA Severe Weather Database, the United States experienced 5,601 large hail storms in 2016. Between April 10 and 12 of 2016, multiple giant hail storms hit Texas and caused combined damage of $3.5 billion. This was, as a result, considered one of the most expensive hailstorms in U.S. history. Though recently the hurricane season left a detrimental mark on the U.S., hail damage is nothing to ignore.
Hail can reportedly range from the size of a pea to the size of a grapefruit. In most cases, it ranges from pea size to marble size.
According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), there is two other types of frozen precipitation than hail and snow. There is also graupel (or soft hail/ snow pellets) and sleet (ice pellets that melt when they hit the ground). In this instance, only graupel and hail have the potential to damage your home.
In the event of a hail storm, you may not need a full roof replacement, you could just get a partial replacement and fix the shingles that were damaged. It all depends on just how damaged your roof is and how much you and your insurance are willing to pay.
To figure out if you have hail damage you need to first look for dented gutters, gutter screens, and/or downspouts. If you see this, it is more likely that your roof is also damaged. Also look for damage to your siding, windows, air conditioning units, decks, and other painted wood items. If these things are damaged, you may need a specialist to come look on top of your roof. DO NOT DO THIS YOURSELF!
Once you or a professional are on your roof, check out all the features of your roof (air vents, skylights, chimneys, chimney covers, etc.) Then check your shingles…
The damage to your shingles can be cosmetic or functional; meaning it can just look bad or it could actually cause more issues to your home in the long run. After the damage is assessed, it is up to you to decide whether or not to make an insurance claim.
Next, you will have to schedule an appointment with a trained roof specialist like us at Bone Dry Roofing! Thereafter, an adjuster meeting may be set up for us to collaborate with your insurance company.
Here at Bone Dry, we offer services to fix all of your hail damage (roof, gutters, and siding). If hail ever strikes your home and leaves damage, we hope you choose us to fix it!
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