What to Know About Hail Stones and Roof Damage

Spring is almost here which means spring showers and thunderstorms are on their way. Hail is a common occurrence during the spring and it can wreak havoc on your Lake of the Ozarks roof. Have you ever wondered how hail forms and what to do if you experience hail damage on your roof? Read on to learn more from your favorite roofers at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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.

Contact Above & Beyond Roofing if You Experience Hail Damage!

Once spring arrives, if you think you’ve experienced hail damage, give Above & Beyond Roofing a call! We offer FREE roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we can check for hail or other related roof damage. We work closely with insurance company’s and have a lot of experience helping our clients make a claim. You can trust Above & Beyond Roofing with all your roofing needs - big or small!

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