Hello, A friend of mine had a hail storm at there house. The hail was about
golf ball sized. It dented the hell out of both of their cars. Both cars were
late 90` models and the insurance company decided to total both cars and give
them the money. Not worth to fix via all the damage. I asked them about their
roof and they seemed to think it was fine since they didn`t see any damage. I
have since then heard that you can`t tell just by looking at a roof if it has
been damaged by hail. The shingles on this house are the standard
type..........meaning the type most people use. I can`t think of the name.
Guess just the standard asphalt shingles. Anyway some one told me that the
shingles can be cracked under inside where you can`t see it. Therefore
reducing the life of the shingles by many years. Any info on this would be
I second that vote. It is in the insurance companies best interest to take
care of the roof if it is damaged, because of other damage that can occur
from the faulty roof. If it is damaged, they should know about it.
Golf ball sized hail? There's no asphaltic shingle type roof on the market
that will survive a good pelting by hail this size without seriously degraged
life and performance. Depending on the angle of strike golf ball sized hail
will break single strength glazing. and will crack windshields.
The damage is easily detected by looking at the grit on the surface of the
shingles. Hail damage is evidenced by hail sized round grit free (or
significantly reduced) areas on the shingle with the underlying asphalt being
exposed. Without the grit the asphalt will be exposed to sunlight and will age
much faster even if no immediate leaks are evident. If the roof is nearing the
end of its life you will start to find small pieces of broken shingles in the
yard after any good wind or rain.
In any case get it inspected by someone with no interest in doing the work. The
insurance agent will provide a company inspection but I would get my own
beforehand just as a comfort check to insure they are both sing the same tune.
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