What size hail can damage a roof?

Hail damage in Dallas, TX

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but just about any size hail can damage a roof. Ultimately, there are a number of factors pertaining to each the hail and the roof to determine the likelihood of damage. Factors such as size, velocity and density of hail. Plus, type, condition and location of a roof. Regardless, we’ll give you an idea as to what size hail can cause hail damage to general roofs.

¼-Inch Hail (Pea Size) to 1-Inch Hail (Quarter Size)

Hail smaller than one inch poses little threat to a roof that is even in average condition. Practically any roofing material on the market should be able to withstand pea-sized to nickel-sized hail. You should be more worried about your car with those hail sizes. However, once inch-sized hail starts falling, your roof could be threatened—not seriously threatened, but enough to cause concern. Newer roofs should be fine, though, if you’ve had the same roof for a few years, you may want to look over it once it is safe to do so.

1 ½-Inches (Golf Ball Size) and above

hail damageWhen you find yourself looking out the window in both awe and angst, watching hail missile down towards the ground and hearing thumps from the top of your house then it’s a definite cause for concern for your roof. The bigger the hail, the denser and the higher the impact velocity. Thus, if hail appears larger than usual, it is important that you inspect your roof for hail damage after the storm passes.

Possible damages to look for

It’s easiest to look over the metal parts of a roof to assess the hail impact. For example, vents, chimneys, fans and skylights will reveal damage more so than roof material. With that said, the roof material is most important.

Thus, you’ll definitely want to pay extra attention to the roof material. Asphalt shingled roofs are the most common among Dallas, TX homes. With asphalt shingled roofs, you will want to look closely at each shingles’ granules. It is often difficult to notice, but hail will generally wear down shingles and cause a shingles’ granules to be removed or trickle out of place. The more the granules wear down, the more exposed the roof cover will be to the next storm. Suddenly, a part of your roof is bare and a golf ball-sized piece of hail can create a hole and leak.

Roof types affected by hail

Generally speaking, the more you pay for a roof the more protected it will be against considerable hail damage. For instance, metal roofs will dent, but it takes a lot for any sized hail to penetrate a metal roof. It’s like the common expression “bend but don’t break. Metal roofs may bend, but they will not break. Given the fact that asphalt shingled roofs are the most cost-friendly and most common among Texans, that is the focus for this article. So, to summarize, any hail one inch in size of larger should prompt a Dallas, TX homeowner to check on his/her roof or hire a professional to do so.

J.R. Hayden Construction is expert in hail damage relief. Our professional staff will take care of any needed roof repair or replacement. We can even help with fence staining, gutter or siding damaged by hail. Contact J.R. Hayden Construction today at (972) 628-6464 to ensure you roof is ready for heavy summer storms. Also, please visit our blog for additional helpful information.

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