Will 1 Inch of Hail Damage My Home’s Roof?

Hail damage to your roof is never fun to deal with as a homeowner, but understanding when hail becomes a point of concern can be helpful.

Hailstorms come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Knowing which hail sizes can wreak havoc on your roof gives you a good indication as to what degree of damage you might face. Continue reading to learn more about how understanding various sizes of hail can help you be proactive against storm damage. 

¼” Hail

Milder hailstorms will generally produce pea-sized hail and only for a few minutes at a time. In general, most roofs are designed to fair well when it comes to this type of storm. If you know that your roof already has existing damage before the hailstorm begins, it’s a good idea to make sure that the weather didn’t exacerbate the existing impairments.

½” Hail

This type of hail mimics the size of a marble. While not a foolproof rule, ½-inch hail usually falls into the safe zone as well. If the storm is particularly lengthy, produces strong winds, or if your roof had preexisting damage, having an inspection done by The Roof Doctor is a safe call.

¾” Hail

¾-inch hail is about the size of a dime and can be destructive depending on accompanying wind speeds. The damage that this type of hail produces is usually evident in places other than your roof. You might notice harm to your window screens, vinyl siding, and paint on decks or fences. If this is the case, we recommend an inspection to ensure that the hail damage doesn’t extend to your roof.

1-1 ½” Hail

Hail that reaches the 1-inch mark should be taken seriously despite the storm length. This size of hail can cause bruising to the shingle underlayment, harm to the siding, dents or cracks in the gutters, and other damage that shouldn’t be left unaddressed. You should hire a professional roofing company, like The Roof Doctor, to come and do an inspection after any major storm involving hail of this size or larger.

Hail Exceeding 1 ½”

Hail reaching the golf ball-sized range can penetrate the softer parts of a roof, such as ridge caps or roof vents. Anything above this size will also cause significant property damage like torn-off siding, cracked windows, and dented vehicles. You can assume that your roof has suffered some degree of destruction when these types of storms roll through town.

Call The Roof Doctor Roof Repairs and Replacements

If your roof has incurred any hail damage, contact The Roof Doctor for an inspection, repairs, or a complete replacement. We’re dedicated to giving you the best options that work for your home while providing you with the best roofing service you’ll ever have. We serve Salt Lake City, Layton, Sandy, Ogden, Orem, Provo, and neighboring cities in Utah. Contact us today to learn more about our services and get a free estimate!

Top 4 Expert Tips to Protect Your Roof from Hail Damage

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Hail damage to your roof isn’t something any homeowner wants to deal with. So how can you be proactive about it? 

Your roof is the first line of defense in protecting your home from a hail storm, so you must take extra precautions. Especially if you live in a colder area like Utah, hail can be frequent and take a toll on your roof. Today, we have rounded up the top four tips from roofing experts on how to protect your roof from hail. 

  • Familiarize Yourself with Your Insurance Plan

According to Insurance.com, hail damage is “covered by standard home insurance in most states. However, coverage is applied in many ways, depending on where you live, your insurer, and how your policy is set up.” That’s why it’s vital to understand your plan fully. If you have questions about your plan, we encourage you to reach out to your insurance agent in an effort to be proactive. It’s best to know what and how much is covered before any damage is done.

  • Choose Durable Materials 

Whether you’re building your home or you’re simply replacing your roof, you should know that by choosing more durable materials, you’ll find that your roof will hold up better in the long run. According to The Spruce, investing in high-quality materials, even if they are more expensive, is often a “better value over the lifetime of your home.” Some of the most durable roofing materials are: 

  • Rubber shingles 
  • Class 4 asphalt shingles
  • Metal roofing (steel being the most durable)
  • Frequent Inspection for Wear and Tear

Even if your house hasn’t recently encountered a hail storm, it’s still important to frequently inspect your roof for signs of damage. A few things to look for when examining your roof are: 

  • Cracking caulk 
  • Rust on flashing
  • Missing or broken shingles 
  • Cracked or worn rubber boot around vent pipes 

You can also hire a professional roofing company, like The Roof Doctor, to come and do an inspection after any major storm or for an annual inspection. By doing an assessment, you’ll know what needs to be repaired so that the damage doesn’t worsen with the next storm.

  • Don’t Wait to Repair or Replace

If you notice any signs of hail damage or any other damage, don’t hesitate to call a roofing specialist. If you catch the damage early enough, there’s a better chance that it can simply be repaired over having to do an all-out replacement. Alternatively, suppose your roof has been damaged enough to where it needs to be replaced. In that case, it’s essential to do so so that your home is appropriately protected in the event of the next hail storm or any other extreme weather. 

Call The Roof Doctor Roof Repairs and Replacements 

If your roof has incurred any hail damage, contact The Roof Doctor for an inspection, repairs, or a complete replacement. We’re dedicated to giving you the best options that work for your home while providing you with the best roofing service you’ll ever have. We provide superior roofing solutions to many cities in Northern Utah, including Salt Lake City, Tooele, Orem, Provo, and everywhere in between. Contact us today to learn more about our services and get a free estimate!