A top roofer, such as Willi Roofing Services, will rely on certain information about hail and your roof to determine how best to help your home recover from a storm. The information includes details like hailstone speed and size along with the age and overall condition of your roof.
Hail Shape and Size
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI®), “About 75% of hailstones are spherical, conical or ellipsoidal in shape – ellipsoidal being like a slightly squashed sphere.” The size of hailstones vary, too – from a diameter of 1/4 of an inch (pea-sized) to a diameter of 4 inches wide or so. Depending on its shape, the heavier the hailstone, the more damage it can inflict on any roof.
Impact Direction and Speed
The size of a hailstone affects how fast it falls. Larger hailstones – about 3 inches or so in diameter – can travel up to 88 miles per hour. This means that, since bigger hailstones fall faster, they may damage your roof further than smaller ones. Note, however, that there should be more signs of damage on the side of your roof that is facing the direction toward which hailstones are being blown. Post-hailstorm roofing assessments conducted by experienced roofers help verify such details, and the data gathered is used as the basis for repair recommendations.
How old your roof is and the quality of materials with which it was built also matter. Consider getting your roof replaced if it is constantly requiring repair and, even more so, if it is nearing the end of its expected lifespan. Get advice from a well-recommended contractor who operates in your area and is well-versed on what works best in the climate that you have.
Learn more about hail damage as well as how to protect your roof and recover from it with the help of leading roofing contractor, Willi Roofing Services. We are a manufacturer-certified residential roofing company, serving several areas in and around Austin. Set an appointment with us by filling out our contact form, or call us at (512) 504-7900. Free estimates are available for homeowners located in Round Rock, TX.