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Since it’s burning hot outside right now in Phoenix, we figured we’d refresh you with a post relating to winter. It doesn’t hail here often in the winters, but when it does, it catches people off guard.
Hail can cause damage to any outdoor surface. It can bust windows, crack patio tiles, and dent cars. Depending on the size of the hail, you could be dealing with some very extensive damage after a storm. Inevitably, your roof will take a lot of abuse during a hail storm. In many cases, the entire roof must be replaced after a hail storm.
Because hail is not a common occurrence, many people don’t know that much about it. And when you don’t know about something, it’s that much scarier. Once you know about hail damage and what it can mean to you and your property, handling it will be a lot less stressful.
First of all, realize that practically every homeowner’s insurance policy has a hail clause, so, more than likely, your roof’s hail damage will be covered. Many people assume that the repairs will come out of their own pocket, which means that they might put them off until a later date. This could allow worse water damage to occur and cost even more to repair later on.
Next, you should know that hail damage doesn’t usually reflect the size of the hail. For example, if there is a tiny ping on your asphalt shingles – a shiny spot on the shingles that’s about the size of a marble – it actually took a piece of hail that was as big as a golf ball to make it! You can follow this scale to see that what seems to be a small hail ‘bruise’ on your roof was actually caused by a piece of hail as big as a baseball or even larger! When you understand how big hail actually is, you can start to see how the impact could damage more than just the outer layer of your roof. Therefore, it’s important to have your roof checked out by a pro when it’s had hail damage.
Also, remember that the most common time for hail is summer, not winter. Summer brings tumultuous storms with big clouds. Those clouds produce moisture, and the moisture can turn from water to ice due to brief contact with cooler parts of the cloud. The falling-and-freezing cycle continues until the hail is too heavy to stay in the cloud. Then it can fall to earth at up to 100 miles per hour (for a baseball-sized piece).
Finally, Thomas Roofing located in Arizona wants to remind you that hail can be dangerous to more than just your property. Pets that stay outside should have a safe place to hide during a hail storm. Bring them inside or make sure they have a covered area outdoors. You and your family should remain inside as well. Large hailstones can be dangerous and even deadly.
Two good things about hail storms is that they don’t usually last very long, and they are very spotty, so your home may be untouched even though a storm passed by just a few miles away. Hail damage is serious and dangerous if you don’t give them the proper respect, so always take the proper precautions during and after a hail storm!