The 411 on Hail Damage on Your Roof

Missouri hail storms are extremely common in the Spring and in the Summer. Thunderstorms are on the rise as we get further into Spring which means the likelihood of having a hail storm goes up. Have you ever wondered how hail forms and the damage it could do to your roof? Read on to learn from our expert Lake of the Ozarks Roofers

What are Hail Stones?

Hailstones form when tiny particles are swept up high into a storm system by an updraft. Water vapor condenses on the particles and then when it gets to a certain height, it freezes. These small hailstones can be lifted into the storm system multiple times, therefore increasing in size before finally falling out. Hailstones can fall for one of two reasons; either a downdraft sends them falling to the ground or the hail becomes too large for the updraft to overcome the force of gravity. Hailstones can be any size from tiny pebbles or dime-sized to a golf ball- or even baseball-sized.

Hail Storms in Missouri

On average, Missouri can expect 2-3 hail storms a year. Most of the time that hail will be pea-sized and not cause much damage. However, on occasion, that hail can be larger and cause major damage to vehicles and roofs. Each year, hail causes nearly $1 billion in damages across the country, mostly to property and agriculture. When hail and wind combine, they can be quite destructive. Hailstones that are larger than 1 1/4" in diameter can easily damage heavy composite shingles or wood shake shingles.

Roof Damage from Hail

The extent of hail damage to your roof depends on several factors from wind speeds to the size and density of the hailstones. The roofing material of your home also plays a factor in the type of damage sustained. Hail damage to asphalt shingles can look much different than that of wood shake shingles, metal roofs or tile roofs. Hail damage to your asphalt roof can be random damage with no discernible pattern. In addition, you might see small spots that are black in color, loss of granules and/or asphalt that appears shiny. Watch for granules in your gutters and downspouts. Loss of granules can lead to accelerated aging of your roof and makes your roof more vulnerable to the elements and future storms. Dented metal flashing is also a sign that your roof may have been impacted by hail.

In the upcoming months, if you think your roof was damaged by a hail storm, give Above & Beyond Roofing a call and we will come out and complete a FREE roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks! If we find that you have any damage, we can help you with your insurance claim for a new roof at the Lake of the Ozarks if needed!

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