You’re sitting in your home, listening to the heavy rain and crashing thunder during a storm, and suddenly you hear the sound of something hard hitting the roof of your home. You hope it’s just a small branch or something, but slowly the sound becomes louder and more frequent. You look out the window to find exactly what you didn’t want to; hailstones falling from the sky. Unfortunately, we are not strangers to Arkansas roof hail damage. It starts small, but slowly the size of the hail increases, from golf balls, to tennis balls to heaven forbid – softballs. At this point, all you can do is stay inside – either be thankful your car is in the garage or agonize over the fact that it’s not – and wait.
With the recent hailstorms in Benton, Bryant, Lonoke and many Arkansas counties, this scenario is all too familiar for many central Arkansans – as well as the damage that goes along with it. Fortunately, a little education goes a long way in helping you know what to expect from a hailstorm, how to spot Arkansas roof hail damage and what to do about it.
Arkansas Roof Hail Damage Factors
- Density and size of hailstones
One of the biggest factors that determines the extent of hail damage is the size and density of the hailstones. Small, light stones rarely cause damage, and if they do, it’s often because your roof is either poorly built or in bad condition. On the other end of the spectrum, large, dense softball-sized hail can leave a dent in even the most well-built roof.
- Roofing materials
The newer, better quality and more absorbent your roof is, the better it will handle a hailstorm. Alternately, your roofing materials can also impact what kind of damage you have. For example, hail tends to put dents in asphalt shingles while it typically splits wood shingles.
- Barriers surrounding home
Trees or other structures surrounding your home may act as a shield, lessening the blow of hailstorms.
Arkansas Roof Hail Damage Signs
- Damaged shingles
A sudden increase in shingle damage after a hailstorm is typically indicates you’re a victim of hail damage. With asphalt and composition shingles, look for random dark spots, loss of granules and a shiny appearance. With all shingles, look for cracking, splitting, holes or ones that are missing altogether.
- Roof leaks
Of course, if you notice your roof begin to leak after receiving hail, the chances your roof sustained damages during the storm are high.
What You Can Do
If you suspect your Arkansas roof hail damage has occurred, immediately call a roofing professional for an inspection. Beware though: areas that have recently experienced heavy storms often attract roofing scammers. Always make sure the roofing company you hire has the proper certifications, which you can learn more about here and here.
P.I. Roofing is more than qualified to help with hail damage, or any other roofing issues you might have. In fact, we even offer 24/7 emergency services for when those summer storms hit a little too hard.