It’s no secret that, in this part of the world, we get a lot of storms. From summer rains to winter snow blizzards, Villa Park and the surrounding communities get a lot of moisture from the sky!
While this may be great for our plants, lawns, and trees, our abundance of snow and rain can damage our roofs. What’s even worse, though, is hail (even the trees don’t like it).
That’s because hail rains down forcefully in the form of pieces of rock-hard ice. These lumps of ice, or hailstones as they’re commonly referred to, can cause a great deal of damage, everything from ripping leaves off trees to denting cars, and they’re just as likely to shatter windows and ruin roofs when the hail storm is bad enough.
Even small hail can wreak havoc. That’s because damage isn’t confined just to large, heavy hailstones; a barrage of small ice pellets over a stretch of time can also harm homes, including removing the protective coating from roof shingles or leaving pockmarks on gutters, decks, and sidings, for example.
Because those who live in Villa Park and neighboring areas are no strangers to hail damage in this part of the world, we’ve decided to cover the important subject of hail damage roof repair in today’s blog.
All Types Of Roofs Can Be Affected
It doesn’t matter what type of roof you have; a significant hailstorm, whether it drops small hail pellets over a long stretch of time or it delivers record-breaking large hailstones over a brief duration, can cause damage to any roof.
Asphalt Shingle Roofing
One of the telltale signs of hail damage to asphalt shingle roofs is the presence of what looks like sand on the ground around the perimeter of your home. This sand actually was dislodged from your roof by the hail.
It very likely means that the integrity of your roof has been compromised. These granules of material help hold your shingles together and make up an important part of the layers and protective barrier that keeps moisture from entering your home.
The presence of tiny pebbles and sand-like particles points to a degradation of the integrity of your roof; essentially, the hail has worn the shingles thin, and it’s possible that they’re not doing their job as effectively as they need to.
Flat roofs can suffer hail damage a number of ways. First, the material can tear, or small holes can form. Then, moisture can seep in, damaging not only the roof but also anything that’s underneath.
Hail can cause cracks, blisters, or other impairments that may hold up for a while but will eventually lead to leakages. Dented, damaged flat roofs need to be inspected carefully by a trained eye to check for leaks and to determine what repairs need to be completed to maintain the integrity of the roof and protect the walls and furnishings in the home.
Cedar Shake Roofing
Cedar shakes and other wood shingles can crack and break from the impact of hailstones. What’s more, hail storms often include significant wind, and the combination of hail and wind damage can be detrimental to these types of roofs.
A roof inspector will look for splits and cracks in the wood shingle; this typically is the primary marker that indicates replacement is in order. In most cases, we’re not talking about a whole roof replacement; removing and replacing the cracked shingles is usually effective enough.
Do you have a composite roof? This type of roof is made of a combination of different materials and is built for strength. Such roofs tend to hold up well in hailstorms, although they also can experience damage if the storm is a wicked one.
Chances are good that your composite roofing is in good shape following a hailstorm of mild to medium intensity, but if you feel you see signs of damage, or the storm was long-lasting or produced large stones, it may be in your best interest to get a roof inspection done.
Roofing Contractors In Villa Park
If you suspect hail damage, contact Adept Construction, your roofing contractors in Villa Park. We’ll send an experienced roof technician to inspect your roof and determine if hail damage repairs are needed. What’s more, we’ll be happy to work with your insurance company. Get in touch with us!