Three Types of Roof That Can Be Damaged by Hail

Posted on: 7 June 2017

Some parts of the country are more susceptible to hail storms than others, but practically any location can be hit by a freak hailstorm. After such a hailstorm has passed, you're probably wondering if you should be worried about your roof. And in fact there are several types of damage that hail can inflict on different types of roofs, including asphalt, tile, and metal roofs. Here's how it's likely to affect each of them.

1. Asphalt shingling roof

Asphalt shingling is still an extremely popular roofing material in the United States, so it's likely that this is what covers your roof today. If a hailstorm hits an asphalt shingle roof, it can warp, displace, or crack shingles, and the associated wind can of course lift shingles or even rip them off the roof. If it was a bad hailstorm, especially if you haven't had your roof inspected for a while, it's a good idea to call your roofing professionals out to check for damage. It's not always possible to tell at first glance whether or not the roof has been damaged, so getting a professional opinion is a good idea. After all, even if the hail hasn't caused any shingles to come loose, it may still have damaged their structure. Be sure to call your insurance company as well if any damage is suspected.

2. Metal roofing 

While metal roofing is much more resistant to wind and consequently is very unlikely to be lifted off of your roof (unless hit full on by a tornado or hurricane), it is possible for a metal roof to be superficially damaged by hailstones. Large hailstones can pack a lot of force behind them when falling out of the sky, and that concentrated force can, in extreme cases, be enough to put dents in a metal roof. The main problem with this type of damage, however, is aesthetics, since the dents don't actually cause leaks or cracks or holes in the roof. However, it can significantly affect the appearance of your metal roof if enough damage is done. Fortunately though, metal roofing is highly impact resistant so it's still one of the best choices for extreme weather conditions.

3. Tile roofs

Tile roofing, unfortunately, is quite brittle. When hit with the impact of a large hailstone, a roofing tile can sometimes crack or even shatter. Depending on how many of your tiles are damaged by the hailstorm, this could end up being quite expensive to fix. Fortunately, though, breakage isn't likely to occur unless you get monster hailstones that are more than two inches across.

For more information, contact a business such as 5 Star Roofing.