Living in Houston, hail falls not frequently, but when it does, it can cause some major damage. Because Houston is in such a warm place, the freezing level is very high and the storms are just not powerful enough to carry water droplets into the upper levels of the atmosphere for hail to form. Hail is more likely in the winter and the spring because that’s when it’s coldest in Houston.
When Houston is hit by a hail storm, the damage to your roof can be significant. Goliath Roofing and Remodeling in Houston offers free roof inspections after a hail storm hits. We’ll look for any sign of damage and then write up an estimate if you need a roof repair or replacement. Because the damage to your roof was caused by mother nature and not normal wear and tear, your insurance company should cover the cost of roof repair or roof replacement, minus your deductible. We work with your insurance company to help make that happen. In this blog post, we’ll take a harder look at how exactly hail damages your roof. Contact us today to learn more!
HOW DOES HAIL FORM?
Hail is frozen water, which you think wouldn’t be such a big deal until you consider that it was frozen water in the form of an iceberg that took down the world’s “unsinkable ship”, the Titanic. Hail is basically frozen water with a ton of layers added on to it. Snow is frozen water. Hail is frozen snow that’s packed tightly.
Hail can only form when there is a strong updraft in a storm that catches the frozen water droplets before they fall, pushing them above the freezing level. These frozen water droplets then attach themselves to small particles floating around up there, such as dirt or dust, and they grow bigger. This keeps happening over and over again, the frozen water droplet being propelled upwards until these droplets get too heavy to be supported by the air. Gravity kicks in, and down falls hail.
WHY IS HAIL SO DAMAGING?
Hail is so damaging thanks to physics again. As the hail falls, it gathers speed. Speed takes a lot more force to slow down because an object in motion wants to stay in motion. You can think of it like a car crash. Fender benders are minor because of the speed. But when you are in a car accident going fast, you have a lot more force behind you that has to be stopped.
Hence, hail, even small sized hail, can fall anywhere from 20 miles an hour to 100 mph. The wind plays a role here as well, further accelerating hail if blowing hard. All objects, regardless of size, fall at the same rate. Hail falls in swaths, or streaks, which can be as large as 10 miles long. Hence, this is why it doesn’t take large hail to be so damaging to everything in its path.
HOW DOES HAIL AFFECT ROOFING MATERIALS?
Every hail storm is unique with unique conditions. Hail itself can vary in size, shape, and even hardness, which makes for the unique patterns you see on hail damaged objects. Hail damages roofs in a variety of ways:
- Missing granules. Hail damage can wreak havoc on asphalt shingles by causing its protective layering of granules to come off. Sometimes homeowners can see these bits in their yard after a hail storm. Missing granules causes the asphalt coating to be exposed to the elements, which can accelerate the rate of deterioration of your roof’s shingles. When you see an abundance of asphalt granules in your yard after a storm, give Goliath Roofing and Remodeling a call for a free roofing inspection. Damage to your roof can be hard to see from the ground and difficult for a layman to diagnose without knowing exactly what to look for.
- Cracking. Cracks can happen in asphalt shingle roofs and other roofing materials, such as clay and tile roofs. Cracks in your roofing can let in water, which can cause leaks into your home. Critters can take advantage of cracked roofs as well in order to make a permanent home in yours.
- Exposed matting. Matting is the layer of your roof beneath the shingles where the shingles attach themselves. This is a delicate layer and any exposure to the elements can lead to rips and tears, which will then expose your roof and attic to the elements and rain, potentially causing major leaks.
- Loose stripping. Hail can loosen the stripping that holds the asphalt onto your matting or other material. This can result in more loss of shingles and greater risk of future leaks.
HOW GOLIATH ROOFING AND REMODELING HELPS AFTER HAIL STORMS
Goliath Roofing and Remodeling in Houston wants to emphasize that it’s important to have your roof inspected after a hail storm if you suspect any damage at all. When damage is done to your roof, weakening its structural integrity, this exposes the rafters, your attic, and your home to leaks. You’d be surprised how quickly a tiny leak can turn into major water damage in your home, resulting in hundreds of dollars in repair costs and a much more extensive project.
By having your residential or commercial roof inspected after a storm, you can stop any future damage from occurring with immediate roof repairs, saving you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars over the long run (not to mention the hassle in time and effort of expensive roof repairs). If you need roofing repairs after a storm, we’ll work with your insurance company to help file a claim. Once that is approved, we’ll begin your roof repairs. Soon, the storm will be but a distant memory as you enjoy your new roof.
Goliath Roofing and Remodeling offers free roof inspections in the greater Houston area. We also offer commercial and residential roofing services, including roof repairs and replacements. We also specialize in home remodeling projects, from painting and drywall to siding and fencing. If you have a remodeling project in mind, give us a call today. We’d be more than happy to help!