Roofing Hail Damage in Texas

During the colder (and stormy spring) seasons of the year one of the biggest concerns faced is making sure your home and family are protected from the elements. The roofs of a building or house often suffer the most damage during these seasons, taking the brunt of all Mother Nature has to throw at it.

From snow and ice causing damages to the skeleton of the roof from water or additional weight, to intense hail storms pelting apart shingles and tiles, Mother Nature can take it’s toll.

We see how a winter hail storm can crack windows of cars, houses and even airplanes, but perhaps the most underestimated kind of damage hail does is to roofs. Often, roofs can withstands the barrage of hail is no larger than a nickel, but even if immediate damage is not physically or visibly present, this pelting takes a toll, reducing the longevity of your roof and causing problems later on down the road.

Roofing hail damages are one of the most over-looked and underestimated causes of major damages to homes in Texas. Small cracks, tears and dents not visible from the ground can turn into major disasters come the next storm season. And if you’re not prepared, these little nicks and scratches can equate to thousands of dollars in water, mold, mildew and other damages.

You might think of hail damage as some giant chunk of ice that breaks through the roof and breaks the wood underneath, but the damage most hail causes is nearly invisible especially for the untrained eye.

This is why routine regular inspection by a trained professional is so important. Our expert inspectors can notice the slightest signs of wear or hidden damages that can turn into major headaches later on if not properly addressed.

Indicators to Have your Roof Inspected:

Hail damage isn’t always noticeable, but when it is you can look for these signs to know if its time to call in the pros:

1. Dented screens, gutters or downspouts

Chances are that if the hail was strong enough to dent these fixtures, it was strong enough to do some damage to your roof.

2. Damages to Siding, Window-sills and window casings

Check your exterior window-sills for signs of dings, dents scratches or other indicators of impact. If you see any, its time to get your roof inspected.

3. Check your outdoor air conditioner / cooling units

Outdoor cooling units are typically metal and prone to dents from hail. Any damages to these units from a hail storm is a good indicator that your roof should be checked out by a pro.

4. Damages to Decks or Other Wooden surfaces

If you notice nicks, dents or chipped paint on wooden surfaces such as decks and porches, these might be telltale signs you should have your roof looked at.

What are the Signs?

While not all hail damage is “visible” (especially from the ground), there are a few things you can look out for:

  • Cracked or dented shingles or roofing materials
  • Bubbled, bent or out of place shingles
  • Shingles that have had their granules worn down or off (these might be present in your gutters or downspouts)

What size hail typically causes damage?

On average, it takes a 1″ or larger diameter piece of hail to cause damage to standard asphalt shingles. When referring to sizes, here are a few common objects to reference for comparison:

  • Pea  = 1/4-inch in diameter
  • Marble = 1/2-inch in diameter
  • Dime or penny = 3/4-inch in diameter (hail the size of a penny or larger is considered severe)
  • Nickel = 7/8-inch
  • Quarter = 1 inch
  •  Golf Ball = 1½  inches
  • Tennis Ball = 2½ inches
  •  Baseball = 2¾ inches
  • Tea cup = 3 inches
  • Softball = 4 inches

What to do if you Think you have Hail Damage to your Roof:

If you are a homeowner that thinks they may have hail damages DO NOT wait to call your local roofing professional. If there is damage, failure to address if quickly can result in leaks and water damages before you know it.

Your contractor will perform a professional inspection and if there is damage they will help you file a claim with your insurance provider.

In Summary…

Hail damage inspections are vital to keeping your roof in tip top shape. They can alert you to early issues before they become larger headaches.