What size hail can damage a roof?
Unfortunately, just about any sized hail can damage a home. It’s important to have your roofing inspected after any major hailstorm, especially if the hailstones were particularly large. Read on to see how we break down the different sized hail and the damage you could expect:
Pea- to Quarter-sized hail
Pea- to quarter-sized hail doesn’t pose much of a threat to the roofs of homes. However, you might have to worry about your car being damaged by it. Additionally, if your area is constantly experiencing pea- to quarter-sized hail, your roof might end up experiencing hail damage over time, even if the hailstones are small in size.
Golf ball-sized hail
Larger hail, like golf ball-sized hail, can cause more serious damage to your roofing. The reason for this is because, aside from simply being larger, these hailstones also fall at a higher speed which can cause more damage. Therefore, you should have your roofing inspected for damage after experiencing golf ball-sized hail.
Types of damage to keep an eye out for
It’s easier to check metal parts of your roofing to see if their has been any hail damage. Hail damage can sometimes be harder to spot on other parts of your roofing. Therefore, you’ll want to pay more attention to the other parts of your roofing. Chances are, your roofing is made of asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles contain small granules that can sometimes loosen after major storms or after experiencing hail damage, so that’s something to look for.
Types of roofing affected by hailstones
Generally speaking, more expensive roofing will last longer and withstand hail damage better than more inexpensive roofing options. One great roofing material that can withstand hail damage quite well is metal roofing. It’s not the cheapest roofing option available, but it’s worth its price.
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