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
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...
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