Today the RRSA St. Louis blog would like to let our readers know that we offer free hail damage inspections, and in this post, we will get into that further, but first let us offer our condolences to the people of the Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian literally destroyed the Bahamas this past week. Below is a before and after image from the New York Times:
We are extremely saddened by this horrific situation, but can’t help but feel blessed that we do not live in an area of the US known for hurricanes. Hurricane Dorian was the strongest category 5 hurricane since 1935. It calmed down to a category 1 before it hit North Carolina, although it still caused a tornado in that area that did a fair amount of damage.
Although our area is rarely directly affected by a hurricane, the St. Louis area and Missouri, in general, have our own unique weather issues to contend with in the form of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hail. As a homeowner or commercial property owner in the Greater St. Louis area, if you would like to become educated on all things hail-related, we advise you to read this article from the Missouri Climate Center, an extension of the University of Missouri. The article does a great job of explaining what causes hail and how it affects our area. As they say, knowledge is power, so take a few minutes to read that article and educate yourself about hail.
As we stated at the beginning of this blog post, RRSA St. Louis offers FREE hail damage inspections.
Hail damages different roofing materials in different ways
Experience in roof inspections following hail storms has educated roofing contractors about how hail damage affects different roofing materials. Not surprisingly, hail damages different roofing materials in different ways.
Roof hail damage can also vary greatly from one part of a house roof to another. This variation is due primarily to the wind that drives the hail. A glancing blow will do less damage than hail that impacts the roof at close to 90 degrees.
- Hail damage to asphalt shingles: Shingles can have broken or cracked tabs, but the most common hail damage takes the form of crushed or dented areas where granules are forced into the shingle mat material or displaced entirely. Since granules protect the shingle from UV degradation, hail dents can result in shortened shingle life.
- Hail damage to wood shingles: Wood shingles can crack from hail impacts. Cracking will be along the grain and can cause parts of shingles to break loose.
If you experience hail damage at your Greater St. Louis residence or business property, don’t hesitate to call us for a free inspection. Our professionals are always ready to assist you.
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