Holy hail!

Learn how to identify hail damage on roof systems

Editor's note: Following is the first in a two-part series addressing hail damage to roof systems. The second part, which will focus on low-slope roof systems, will appear in the June issue.

It's springtime—and time for spring storms. Energetic thunderstorms often produce hailstones in their turbulent updrafts that can wreak havoc on roof coverings. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's annual hail summaries, property damage reached an all-time high of $2.4 billion in 2001.

Because of the frequency of hail damage to roof systems, many roofing professionals, insurance professionals and homeowners mistakenly assume a roof system needs to be replaced or repaired following a hailstorm. However, this is not always the case.

To recognize hail damage on steep-slope roof systems, it is helpful to understand finished roof systems' properties and component constituents. Additionally, you should be able to recognize the effects of normal aging on a roof and the effects of various natural perils and inherent manufacturing issues.

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