Rely on Professional Roof-Repair Specialists Sibley Construction Services to Recognize and Repair Hail Damage
We see more than our share of storms containing hail here in Lafayette Parish, LA, which means many homeowners are having their roofs inspected and finding hail damage. As Lafayette-area roofing repair and replacement specialists, Sibley Construction Services is experienced and qualified to determine how to handle storm damage to your roof, including damage caused by hail.
An observer with an untrained eye may not spot hail damage on a roof that was in good condition before a storm. However, roofing specialists at Sibley Construction know what to look for and can recognize damage a homeowner may not see on their own. Damage to an older roof may be more obvious because an older roof has already experienced some wear and tear.
Hail damage is unpredictable because the size of individual hailstones can vary so much. A hailstone starts out as a large frozen raindrop that’s tossed about within a storm cloud, usually a cumulonimbus cloud. The raindrop is lifted higher in the cloud by updrafts, and it will reach 20,000-30,000 feet above the ground. The temperature in that higher part of the cloud is so cold the droplet freezes. Downdrafts carry it down, still within the cloud, and updrafts carry it back up to the freezing height. It gathers a coating of more water and keeps refreezing and growing bigger until it’s too heavy for the updrafts to carry. At that point it’s a hailstone that drops to the ground where it may hit a roof or a car. The speed with which hailstones fall depends on their size. A hailstone the size of a marble will fall at around 20 mph while baseball-size hail can reach speeds of 100 mph.
You can see how hail damage on a roof will depend on how large the hailstones were in a particular storm. A storm with larger and faster-falling hailstones will cause more damage than a storm with smaller hailstones.
Roof Damage from Hail
One indication of damage to asphalt roof shingles is called “bruising,” which means a soft spot was left where a hailstone struck the roof. The impact of a hailstone can loosen the hard granules covering the surface of the shingle. Extremely large and fast-falling hailstones can even break through the surface of the shingle and expose shingle fibers to further damage. Over time, the sun can eat through the roofing mat, allowing rain to penetrate the roof’s protective materials. The resulting water damage to your home can be expensive to repair.
No homeowner wants to confront this worst-case scenario of storm damage on their home’s roof. However, roof damage worsens over time, and the cost of repairs will only escalate if the damage isn’t addressed quickly. You definitely want to arrange for repairs while repairs are still a viable option. If you wait too long, you may be looking at a full roof replacement.
Sibley Construction Services is the company to call after a hail storm because we specialize in Lafayette Parish, LA, roof repair and replacement. We’re proud to be an Owens Corning Roofing™Platinum Preferred Contractor. We are also a certified IKO Shield PRO Plus+ professional roofing contractor. Your roof protects everything within your home, including the house itself, so let Sibley Construction help you keep it in good condition.
In Lafayette, LA, call Sibley Construction Services at (337) 264-9238. In Shreveport, LA, call Sibley Construction Services at (318) 848-7187.