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The Impact of Hail on Roofs

A hailstorm can cause a lot of damage, especially to your house's roof.

The hailstones can reach up to 20 mph speeds, but larger stones with a diameter greater than an inch could travel as high as 40 mph. These stones can damage your roof if they pile up.

Because they do not have smooth edges, the dents of hailstones will appear jagged and rough. In addition, these stones' irregular sizes and shapes can also affect the size of these dents.

What Kind Of Roof Damage Can I Expect?

Hailstones can cause your roof shingles to break and lose their granules. These granules protect the roof and block ultraviolet radiation.

Also, roof felt can be exposed when the shingles lose the granules. This increases the risk of the shingles tearing and breaking. If there is breakage, it will expose the wood, polyester, fiberglass, or other materials and put them at risk. Hailstorms will speed up the natural granule loss of your shingles.

Seals can also be broken on your shingles in certain situations. Some hailstorms can be accompanied by high winds, which can cause the shingles to lift and break their seals. Some hailstones may get under these seals, allowing shingles on your roof to overlap. 

Some shingles will reseal after some time, but the stress of a hailstorm or stones getting under these seals makes it more difficult. In addition, seals can break in one particular direction due to the constant movement of the wind in a hailstorm.

What Happens Next?

If your roof has been damaged by hail, you'll need professional assistance to fix it. 

Our roof repair experts at Rick Bangerter Roofing can determine the extent of the hail damage and devise a plan to fix it. This may include replacing the entire roof or repairing individual areas. We can help you file your insurance claim so you don't have to spend too much money.

What If I Don't Repair Hail Damages?

Failing to repair hail damage to your roof can have some serious consequences. 

For instance, the hail impact on the roof makes water damage to your home more likely to occur. This can cause water to enter your walls, drywall ceilings, and attic beams. Also, mold and mildew can grow around your home since these pollutants can grow in a moist environment. They can cause breathing problems and are difficult to remove.

If necessary, your gutters and downspouts may also need to be repaired. If your gutters and downspouts cannot drain water properly, they could lead to further roof damage.

Furthermore, your attic could get warmer or cooler during winter or summer as your roof will not provide enough insulation to protect your house from extreme temperatures. In some cases, you may even see an increase in your heating and cooling costs.

Repair Hail Damage

Remember to check your roof for damage after a storm to ensure that there are no visible signs of hail. If you see any hail damage, you will need immediate assistance to fix your roof. Make sure to call Rick Bangerter Roofing for all your roofing needs.