Storm Damaged Roofing – Hail Damaged Roofing
Did you know that hail above the size of 1.25 inches can hit your roof with the same impact as hitting it with a hammer? OR that Hail damage is the leading cause of roof replacement in Oklahoma. If your property has been impacted by a hail storm contact Statewide Roofing for a pre-insurance roofing inspection. Phone: (405) 790-0109
How do you know if your roof has Hail Damage?
While it is impossible to detect all damage to a roof without a physical roofing inspection there are some tell-tale signs of roofing damage.
- Inspect your Yard: If after a hail storm you notice marks on your decking, siding, asphalt driveway, fences, or even a vehicle that was unsheltered during the storm, your roof may well have been damaged as well.
- Damaged Metal: Look at metal surfaces like the air conditioner, guttering, flashing and vents. If these have hail damage and are dinted that is a sign that your shingles will also have been impacted and sustained damage.
- Granular Loss: Mineral granules are added to the design of shingles to help protect your roof from excessive sun exposure. Granules also add increased fire resistance to your roof, offering another layer of protection to your home. When a roof is impacted by hail these granules will flake off and appear in gutters and run off areas and can appear to be a sand-like material. Granular Loss will reduce the life of your roof.
- Cracked Shingles: Sometimes cracked and/or broken shingles are difficult to spot from the ground, however, they can be found in the runoff of gutters or on the ground after a heavy rain or strong winds.
- Lifted Shingles: A combination of hail and wind can lead to shingles lifting. This is sometimes visible from the ground but again a roofing inspection will be needed to determine the severity of the hail damage.
- Dimpled Shingles: When a shingle has been impacted by hail it can leave a dent in the roof. This area can have an underlying crack in the shingle or an area of weakness that can compromise the integrity of your roofing system.
Hail Impact Marks and Dents.
Why get your Roof Inspected After a Storm?
While there are signs you may have roofing damage that can be detected from the ground or on the roof. It takes a trained professional to detect all types of damage and to determine if there is enough damage to make a roofing claim against your insurance company. Statewide Roofing who has been a local Oklahoma Roofing Company for over 20 years has a team of trained professional inspectors. We are trained to safely climb onto your roof and will give you an accurate and honest roofing evaluation. Do not climb onto your roof is you are in any way unsure or unsteady at hights. Call us for a Free Roofing Consultation.
Insurance Companies often have a period of time after an insurable event to make an insurance claim. If you wait too long damage may not be covered fully or even at all. If you do not get your roof inspected and repaired/replaced it could lead to further damage. Insurance companies at times will deny this further damage. Statewide Roofing with a proven track record of honesty and reliability in Oklahoma can work with you to ensure your claim in maximized. If you have siding, guttering, fencing, garage door damage or window damage also. We can take care of all of your storm repair and recovery needs.
What Determines Hail Damaged Roofing?
There are a number of factors that determine if your roof had damage.
- Hail Size and Density: This is the greatest factor in determining if your roof could have sustained damage. As a general rule, a shingle that is in good condition can withstand hail up to 1.15 inches without suffering damage. An impact Resistant Shingle is otherwise known as a class 4 shingle. This class of shingles UL 2218 Class 4 Impact Rating test simulates the damaging impact of a 2“ size hailstone. This type of shingle will resist hail damage. Statewide Roofing offers a Free Class 4 Impact Resistant shingle upgrade on all shingle installations.
- Speed and Direction: Hail speed and direction has a lot to do with storm direction. In Oklahoma, our storms generally move in a northeast direction so the west side of your roof will typically have more damage. Wind direction, however, can depend greatly on if it is from the leading edge or the trailing edge of the storm front.
- The Geometry of your Roof: The slope and pitch of your roof can be a great determination of damage. It can be the difference between a glancing hit or a straight on hail strike.
- Surrounding Structures or Trees: A roof can get a certain amount of protection from trees or buildings that are close to your roof. This can protect some area of your roof while leaving other areas damaged.
- Age of your Roof: An older roof is less able to stand up against a hail storm. Past unrepaired or undetected damage can be greatly worsened by a hail storm.
- Type of Roof: Three-tab shingles are the most vulnerable to hail damage. Natural Slate or Shakes can also be damaged by hail. Statewide Roofing can install Class 4 Shingles that can help protect against future storm damage or synthetic roofing shingles or stone covered steel shingles to protect your home.
Storm Damaged / Hail Damaged Roofing
Oklahoma has two destructive storm seasons however damaging storms can occur at any time of year. While Hail is the leading cause of roofing damage. Wind can also cause a great amount of damage to a roof. Straight line winds from storms regularly exceed 60 miles an hour in Oklahoma. This wind can cause shingles to lift and be ripped from a roof. It can also cause debris to slam into your roof. It is this type of damage that can lead to a roofing failure and water entering into the roofing system.
If your roof suffers damage in a storm and you need emergency roofing repair Statewide Roofing offers 24/7 emergency roofing repair. We can patch your roof to stop more damage to your home or commercial property.
Wind Damaged Shingles Lifting from the Deck
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Before A Storm
You go to your doctor and dentist for regular check-ups, you check the oil and fluids on your car but how often do you check on the health of your roof. Statewide Roofing recommends you get your roof checked regularly for signs of wear and damage. Regular maintenance and inspections can detect damage before it gets worse and stops further damage from taking place.
- Check exterior walls for leaks, stains, and cracks in brick and missing mortar. Seal these openings to make the building weather-tight.
- Check the ceiling and interior walls for signs of leaks and staining. Before winter weather gets bad, seal as many roof leaks as possible. When the rooftop is covered with snow and ice, it becomes impossible to find them.
- Check the roof deck and fascia/coping for any signs of deterioration. Check expansion joints for signs of excessive movement and splits, thin sections of membrane, and deteriorated caulking. Cold weather has a significant effect on the loose mortar and composite building materials. They contract and may separate, creating entry points.
- Check all penetrations on the roof, like patch pockets, vent pipes, and pipe boots. Check flashings and joints for deterioration and voids.
- Check and clear all gutters, downspouts, and scuppers. Clean out all drains and make sure they function properly. Check all strainers and clamping rings. Drainage problems in the winter months are a forerunner to future roof failure. If you have guttering on your house Statewide Roofing can install gutter guards to help protect your guttering and save you from having to climb on the roof.
- Check the field of the roof membrane and redistribute all ballasts across any bare spots. Check for tears and holes in the membrane and repair them promptly.
- Remove all loose debris from the roof surface. Remove all unattached walk pads so they don’t become an icy slip hazard as water freezes around and beneath them.
- Remember that only trained roof technicians should remove snow from the rooftop. They are trained in how not to damage the roof surface.
Winter Storm Damage
Winter storm damage can occur by either snow or ice. Excess show on your roof is not a common occurrence in Oklahoma however we do regularly get ice storms during winter. Ice can stick to your roof and cause an ice dam on your roof. This occurs when ice on the edge of the roof melts and freezes and creates a pool of water behind it. Water then can be pushed up under the shingles. If you have damage to your roof from ice or snow Statewide Roofing are there for you. We can also give you ways to protect your home against this taking place. Guttering and proper ventilation and insulation in your ceiling can all protect your roofing system from Ice Dams.
What To Do If You Have or Suspect Damage
- Stay safe — avoid going on the roof to check for storm and hail damage yourself and instead call Statewide Roofing.
- Inspect your attic for leaks or water damage. Also, if any water stains appear on your ceiling or walls, you likely need repairs or a roof replacement. A leak in your roofing will show up as a stain on your roof. If you see a brown area on your ceiling after or during a storm that is a sign that water has leaked into your roof. Call Statewide Roofing 24/7 we can do an emergency patch on your roof.
- Look for signs of storm damage from the ground. Check for missing shingles or missing pieces of metal fascia, including any metal pieces displaced from around your chimney. Also, assess the condition of exhaust pipes, valleys, outer edges or angles where the roof meets the walls.
- Obviously, you’ll notice if a tree fell on your roof. If so, stay out of your home until a professional can determine whether any structural damage occurred. Consider hiring a general contractor or roofer with a general contractor’s license if your home suffered structural damage, as you’ll need more than roof repairs.
It is important to choose a reputable roofing company to inspect or repair your roof. Statewide Roofing is an Oklahoma Roofing company with over 20 years of experience. We are CIB Registered in Good Standing for both Residential and Commercial Roofing. We are A+ BBB rated with no complaints. Statewide Roofing as an Angie’s List Award Winner. When you choose Statewide Roofing you can be assured that long after the storm has passed and we have repaired or replaced your roof we will be there to support you. Call us now for a Roofing Inspection and Consultation.