06 May Your Roof Before, After, and Beyond the Hailstorm
Do you think your roof, siding, or windows could have been damaged by a recent hailstorm? If so, it’s important to assess the extent of the damage — and quickly. Not all types of hail damage will be obvious from just looking at your home’s exterior.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to identify signs that you may have sustained hailstorm damage so that you can take action before any additional problems occur. Let’s dive in!
Before the Storm
Living in Florida, it is important to stay informed about the weather patterns that affect our state. While hurricanes often get the most attention, it’s important to also be aware of other types of severe weather, such as hailstorms.
Taking note of past hailstorms in your area can be insightful for understanding the frequency and severity of these events. For example, the severity of the thunderstorm can determine how hard you may be hit by hail.
“For hailstones that one would typically see in a severe thunderstorm (1-inch to 1.75-inch in diameter), the expected fall speed is between 25 and 40 mph,” as explained by the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). “In the strongest supercells that produce some of the largest hail one might expect to see (2-inches to 4-inches in diameter), the expected fall speed is between 44 and 72 mph. ”
So take a few moments to research and learn about the hailstorms that have hit your area in the past, and be ready for whatever Mother Nature may bring.
After the Storm
Living in Florida means you have probably experienced a hailstorm, or have heard stories from your neighbors about the damage it can cause to your roof.
Hailstones can dent your shingles and cause them to crack, which can lead to leaks and eventually roof damage. It’s important to check your roof for any signs of hail-related damages, as they can eventually become a bigger issue.
That being said, you can’t always see hail-related damage to your roof. Thus, we recommend you look at your surroundings to determine whether or not your roof may have sustained damage.
According to Owens Corning, you should keep an eye out for:
- Scattered plants around your yard
- Dented cars
- Damaged air conditioner units and outdoor furniture
- And more
Weathering Any Storm
When all is said and done, hailstorms can leave behind damage that is sometimes invisible to the untrained eye, so it’s important to stay aware of what the weather is like in your area.
Make sure to check your siding, roof, and windows for any metal dents or changes in texture after a hailstorm passes.
That being said, it’s always best to seek professional advice if you think there could be hail damage — having a certified expert look at potential issues can help identify problems quickly and protect you from further liability down the line.
Thankfully, Universal Roof & Contracting is here to provide you with friendly and professional service that you can depend on. Our expert team has served both Jacksonville and Central Florida for over 30 years with exceptional craftsmanship, superior customer service, and more.