Though you may not know it, hail could have impacted your area during a strong thunderstorm. In the summer, temperatures are warm. However, the upper atmosphere is still cold enough to produce/support ice formation.
During the process of thunderstorms, water will be pushed upwards into drafts which then freeze, resulting in the round hailstones. During the thunderstorms, hail will fall once heavy enough to outstrength the draft. Hail falls in irregular patterns, so if your neighbor has hail damage to their home, it does not always mean that you do as well.
The impact from hail to your home can cause several types of damage including cracks, dents, and holes, which when left untreated, can expand and cause bigger problems later on. Continuous damage to an area of shingles can cause granule loss. Granules help protect the asphalt from the sun, and the loss of granules can cause the shingles to malfunction earlier than expected. For this reason, if your neighborhood experiences a hailstorm, it’s always a good idea to get your roof inspected immediately.
Do You have Hail Damage?
Signs you have sustained hail damage (Visible from the ground):
Small dents/dings on your gutters/downspouts
Small dents/dings on your mailbox
Small tears in your window screens and porch screens
Small indents on your fence
A problem that you may see as small could turn into a much larger issue that costs you thousands of dollars later on, so being vigilant is usually the best thing for you and your home.
HAIL DAMAGE FAQ
Q: How long will a roof last after hail damage?
This might not sound like a big deal, but even this kind of damage can take five to ten years off of the life of your roof and should be repaired as quickly as possible.
Many companies like to talk about what they can do for their customers. At Southline Roofing & Exteriors, we’d much rather show you. Feel free to browse through our photo gallery, and take a look at some of the new roofs we’ve installed for our customers in Charleston!