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McKinney Roofing: Article About Hail Damage

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With hurricanes, tornadoes, destructive winter storms and extreme heat, Texas is certainly no stranger to severe weather. Still, the single costliest weather phenomenon in the state has been the often overlooked hail storm. No state in the Union suffers more hail damage than Texas, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in insured losses every year. No part of the state is immune, so it's important that homeowners everywhere be able to identify the signs of hail damage to roofs and siding.

Though it's the massive, baseball sized hail that often attracts headlines, hailstones as small as a nickel can cause damage to some roofing and siding materials. This is especially true of any roof with a shallow slope, which can cause more direct hail strikes rather than the glancing blows common to steeply sloped roofs. Some of the damage may be difficult for the untrained eye to detect, and it may go unnoticed until it eventually leads to much larger problems such as water leaks. That's why McKinney roofing experts recommend that homeowners have their roofs inspected by a professional after any significant hail storm.

However, there are also some signs of hail damage that homeowners can check for themselves. The first indicator is obvious signs of impact, such as visible dents on a metal roof, damage to vents, skylights or flashing, cracked or missing shingles, broken tiles or damage to gutters.

A roofing contractor from Fairclaims Roofing and Construction of McKinney TX can answer your questions about windows or siding.

Another clue is to look for damage to trees, vehicles, fences and other objects on the ground. If a hail storm is capable of damaging these objects, it's also capable of causing damage to roofs.

When it comes to asphalt roofing, there are both obvious and subtle signs of damage. When a very large hailstone strikes an asphalt shingle, it can leave a circular fracture that penetrates all the way to the fiberglass matting. A smaller hailstone is more likely to leave behind a shingle bruise. This small indentation is difficult to see from a distance, but over time it can lead to more serious issues. A bruised shingle will lose most of its protective ceramic granules over time, reducing its ability to withstand the sun's ultraviolet rays. If left untreated, the shingle will eventually harden and split, allowing water to infiltrate and ultimately leak through the roof. If a homeowner identifies one or more of these indicators, they are advised to contact a roofing expert for a professional inspection and repairs.

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