Understanding Roof Hail Damage: Things to Consider

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Hail is one of the most volatile hazards that your roof can face. While you might be hard-pressed to remember the last hailstorm in your area, just one of these events over a dense population can “put a state in the record books for any given year,” says the insurance data analytics firm Verisk. One analysis shows that hail events damaged more than 7.1 million properties nationwide in 2019, costing just over $13 billion in insurance claims due to hail.

Understanding Roof Hail Damage: Things to Consider

Over two days in April 2020 alone, large-size hail (more than 2 inches in diameter) struck Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin—part of a severe weather pattern across the Ohio Valley and North Central states that caused roughly $2.9 billion in damages, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Your home’s roof should protect against hail, ice, rain, wind, and other storm damage. However, to an untrained eye, hail damage can appear to be cosmetic until roof leaks and other problems with the roofing system arise.

At Brava Roof Tile, we manufacture the best impact resistant roofing shingles. Our composite shingles are Class 4 Impact rated (withstand a 2-inch steel ball dropped repeatedly from a height of 20 feet) and can will withstand winds up to 110 mph. Read on to learn more about how your roof might be vulnerable to hail damage, and see why a Brava Roof is perfect for your home.

Why Does Hail Cause So Much Damage to a Roof?

Why Does Hail Cause So Much Damage to a Roof?

Hail forms when water droplets freeze together in thunderstorm clouds, creating chunks of ice that rain down on roofs, vehicles, and other property. While all weather systems vary in intensity, hailstorms can cause particular damage because hail can fall at an angle or nearly sideways and at varying speeds. Consider:

  • Wind: Wind conditions during a hailstorm affect where hail falls and the severity of its impact. Smaller hailstones (less than 1 inch in diameter) can fall at about 9 mph to 25 mph, but larger ones (about 2 to 4 inches in diameter) can fall at 44 mph to 72 mph.
  • Size and density: Naturally, a hailstone’s size relates to how much damage to your roof or other property it can cause. Hailstones grow within a thunderstorm based on the changes in temperature and amount of water. The largest hailstone recovered in the United States—a whopping 8 inches in diameter and weighing just shy of 2 pounds—fell in June 2010 in South Dakota.
  • Shape: Weather forecasters often compare hailstones to round objects such as peas, mothballs, golf balls, or grapefruit, but most hailstones aren’t perfect spheres. Their jagged edges also affect the type of damage they can cause.

Types of Roof Damage Hail Can Cause

Types of Roof Damage Hail Can Cause

If your roofing materials are old or unable to stand up to hail of a specific size and velocity, your roofing system could experience significant wind damage and, as a result, need additional repairs. If hail can dent aluminum siding or asphalt shingles, it can also be dense enough to crack shingles, leading to roof leaks and other roof repairs that are costly in the long run. What’s more, Verisk notes that a homeowner often doesn’t immediately notice hail damage, leading them to file a claim too long after the damage occurs. Some typical roofing hail damage includes:

  • Shearing the granules off asphalt shingles, causing them to age faster
  • Cracking shingles or shattering the surfacing, exposing the fiberglass mat underneath
  • Fracturing or tearing the fiberglass mat
  • Weakening the integrity of the seal around the shingles, causing leaks and neighboring shingles to tear

The Best Hail Proof Roofing Material

The Best Hail Proof Roofing Material

Brava Roof Tile’s Class 4 impact-resistant composite shingles guard against hail damage, which reduces your long-term roof maintenance costs. They also can prevent a premature roof replacement by keeping your roof strong and watertight.

Rated at the highest national standard for impact-resistant roofing materials, these shingles can withstand the force of steel balls that simulate hailstones falling at 90 mph. But they’re as attractive as they are durable. They mimic the aesthetics of a cedar shake roof, slate, and barrel tile, so they blend seamlessly with a variety of architectural styles.

Contact Brava Roof Tile today to learn more, call (844) 290-4196 and talk with an experienced representative about how our top-notch roofing products can protect your home, your belongings, and your family.