One of the most important improvements in residential roofing materials is its resistance hail storm damage. The leading roofing materials manufacturers provide warrantees for roofing systems that can withstand 130-mph winds and up to 2-inch diameter hail stones. Consider some typical hail damage for different types of home roof materials:
- Asphalt shingles can be damaged by hail as small as 1 inch in diameter
- Fiberglass shingles, cedar shingles, and flat concrete tiles suffer damage when hail reaches 1¼-inches in diameter
- Wood shakes and thicker fiberglass shingles start showing damage when hail size reaches 1½-inches
- Concrete S-tiles start showing damage when hail reaches around 2 inches
Hail storms are a significant threat to roofing integrity as some weather experts consider hail stones that are over ½ – 1 inch to be a serious alert. Although the size of the hail stones is a factor, wind speed is a significant factor that makes hail storms particularly dangerous. Significantly more destruction is caused when hail is driven by a 60-mile-per-hour wind opposed to hail falling in light wind.
Whenever possible, it is advisable that you collect and preserve samples of hailstones that fell after a storm. Once the storm has passed, it can be hard to determine the size of a hailstone simply by observing the damage left behind. This is because of all the factors we discussed earlier; damage can vary based on the kind of roofing material, wind speed, and the size of the hailstones.
Experienced inspectors and adjusters are skillful at judging the size of the hailstone by analyzing the damage from all elements of a roofing system. When hailstones hit soft, thin materials, such as aluminum vents, gutters, and flashing; this can be a good indicator of hailstone diameter. Experienced home roofing contractors also know that often the size of the hailstones is moot. Their primary goal is to identify all significant damage, and recommend the repairs that will get your roof back in top condition.
A dependable roofing contractor for hail storm damage
Advanced Roofing and Exteriors has been helping homeowners and businesses prevail over hail storm damage in the Charlotte area for over two decades. They are accredited with an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau. Examine them on Angie’s list, and you will not only read glowing reviews from contented customers, but you will see that they have also received multiple years of Super Service Award.
They hold extensive experience with insurance adjusters; they also are highly rated by the top material manufacturers in the country. In fact, Advanced Roofing and Exteriors is a certified installer for many of the largest material manufacturers in the industry. They have long established relationships with companies such as Owens Corning, CertainTeed, GAF, and Tamko roofing products. They are a premier Charlotte roofing company. Give them first consideration when you call roofing companies about hail storm solutions for your roof.