It’s no secret that everything is bigger and better in Texas, from the size of your boots to the flavor of your steak dinner. Unfortunately, that old saying is also true about the weather in the Lone Star State. You may not ever worry about a blizzard burying your property, but you still have ice problems in the form of hail. These destructive balls of ice can be enormous, and Texas homeowners and businessmen make more hail damage claims with their insurance companies than anywhere else in the country.
With golf ball-sized hail a fairly regular occurrence around these parts, you’re definitely right to be worried about the state of your roof. There’s good news and bad news about metal roofs when it comes to hail, though. Here’s what you need to know.
If you have a metal roof, give yourself a pat on the back: Metal roofing is the toughest structural material when it comes to protecting your business against hail damage, bar none. The Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues Inc. (RICOWI) does a good deal of their testing in Texas and Oklahoma, and found that — even during a storm in Irving, TX that dropped 4-inch hailstones — the metal roofs studied were never punctured, only dented. That’s the sound of your metal roof doing its job.
Unfortunately, no roof — even a metal one — lasts forever, and hail damage can lead to long-term problems that develop over time. Hailstones large enough to dent your metal roof can also lead to hairline cracks in the finish or rubberized coating that can, over time, allow the tiniest bit of water to seep through. Water is the enemy of metal, and this hidden seepage can lead to rust eating away at your roof over time. If your roof is rusting out in places you can’t see, you’re at risk for the next storm breaking through the weakened structure. This damage can occur even if you don’t notice any leaks.
Ready for some irony? The superior strength of a metal roof means that insurance companies aren’t as likely to pay claims for hail damage. They assume that your metal roof is just fine, and that any dents from hail are merely cosmetic issues. This may be true, but your roof could also have damage that’s not immediately visible to the insurance adjustor’s naked eye. Those dents need to be carefully inspected for additional cracks.
Fortunately, there are advanced aging tests that can be done to show that areas of the roof are not as sound as other areas due to hail. WaterTight Roofing has seen it all, and we’ll work directly with your insurance company to get your post-hail storm repairs done right. Call us ASAP after a hail storm so we can assess the damage and get started on repairing or replacing your metal roof to protect your valuable property.