When hail hits, it can damage the roof or covering of your home as well as other personal property. Although hailstorms can be destructive, the amount of damage can vary greatly. We are here to help inform about some of the factors that affect the type and degree of damage that may be impacted by a hailstorm, as well as guide homeowners on how to identify hail damage, or other storm damages, to different types of shingles and roofing materials.


  • Wind - during a hailstorm, wind direction and wind speed can vary. Changes in wind conditions can affect the location and severity of hail impacts. 
  • Size and Density - the size of the hailstones can affect the degree of damage, if any, to a homeowner's property. A hailstone can be as small as a pea, or as large as a softball. Most hailstones do not have smooth edges, which can impact the type of damage they cause. 
  • Building Materials - building materials absorb hail impacts differently. For example, hail can cause dings in aluminum siding, gutters or asphalt shingles, whereas it can crack vinyl siding or wood shakes. Alternatively, softball-sized hailstones can be dense enough and strong enough to puncture a roof. Additionally, the age and condition of a roof could affect the degree of damage. 
  • Barriers - the position of neighboring structures and natural barriers, like tree cover, landscaping, fences or adjacent homes can reduce the ability of hail to cause damage.


How To Check for Roof Wind Damage


Perform an Outdoor Inspection - look for missing and damaged singles (damaged shingles might be curled, cracked or torn) on your roof or around your property. If this type of damage is localized (i.e. it covers less than 30 percent of the entire roof), roofing repairs might be able to address the problem. More extensive damage might necessitate roof replacement. Also keep in mind that not only the roof itself, but the chimney, ventilation pipes, roof flashing, gutters and fencing can also become damaged. Be sure to inspect them for damages as well. If you suspect that your roof is damaged, here is a basic list of what to look for:


  • Composition Shingles: curling, loss of granulation, broken, damaged or missing shingles
  • Wood Shingles/Shakes: mold or decay, splitting or curling
  • Flat Roof: obvious patches, cracks or tears, several blisters and/or wrinkles (also check patched areas from inside the attic)
  • Flashing: tears, buckling around roof penetrations
  • Roof Cement: Excess  cement, crumbling 
  • Soffits and Fascia: decay, stains
  • Soffit and Ridge Vents: Clogged or damaged vents, flashing and shingles around them curling or missing
  • Gutters: Decay or rust, leaky seams, loosely attached to structure, bent or sagging, missing sections of gutter or downspout, filled with debris. Clogged gutters can easily freeze shut and cause excessive weight on gutter fasteners, ice dam conditions and slippery walks below
  • Chimneys: leaning, loose or missing flashing, damaged bricks, cap or cracked joints. Chimney flashing is especially prone to tearing because a chimney settles independently from the house 















Perform an Indoor Inspection - moisture marks, brown, yellow, or grey stains, and peeling paint on walls and/or ceilings could all indicate a damaged, leaking roof. Also, check your attic for damp rafters or leaks. And if you experience a sudden surge in energy costs, it could be a sign that your roof ventilation has been compromised. 


Call in a Professional - Call in a roofer for a professional inspection. Getting on your roof yourself is not recommended as it can lead to personal injury and also further damage to your property. A trained professional also has the tools and safety techniques to get up on your roof and check for damages. 

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How To Check for Roof Wind Damage


If you have roof damage cause by wind and/or flying debris, or any other storm damages to your roof, it's important to get it fixed immediately. The longer you wait, the more damage will occur. Roof replacement and roof repair costs a lot less when you don't have to add in the other costs of repairing leaks and water damage. Contact your trusted team at Keystone Contracting Group, Inc. to asses the situation and determine whether a roof replacement or repair is needed. 


Choosing a Roof Contractor


After any storm, there will be "fly-by-night" outfits going door-to-door and claiming they are legitimate roofing companies. Most of the time, they do the work quickly and get out of town even faster before you have the chance to address any issues or problems, leaving you little recourse. Always ask to see their business licenses, proof of insurance, certification, permanent business address and Better Business Bureau rating - our team is informed and ready to answer and provide assurance to all your roofing needs.















Keystone Contracting Group, Inc. is the premier roofing team you can count on to service all storm damages in Sugar Land, Texas and all surrounding cities of Houston and Dallas. Our team handles roof repairs and replacements in Sugar Land, Texas and surrounding areas, as well as interior damages caused by storm damage. Providing the ultimate service is what we pride ourselves on - assuring quality, transparency and ethical workmanship.   






    


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