Last week marked the first hail storm of the season for many areas in Illinois. The hail seemed to come from nowhere and certainly left its mark on homes everywhere. As obvious as it is that hail causes damage, are you aware of the exact type of damage and the extent to which it can occur? Arming yourself with appropriate knowledge can help you to protect your home and/or get the appropriate help if your home should become affected.
What is Hail?
Hail forms when ice falls from a storm cloud. The ice droplets then meet with water droplets that freeze together, which is what causes the various different sizes of hail that you see on the ground. Hail typically occurs with a very large thunderstorm which means that high winds and rain are also a threat during the storm.
How Hail Affects a Roof
Hail obviously does damage to the shingles on your roof. It can greatly decrease the amount of protection that your roof now provides. The damage occurs in varying degrees and the same damage might not occur to your neighbors. A few of the things that can occur include:
- Causes shingles to suffer premature aging
- Causes granule loss, which are what protect your home from UV damage from the sun
- Cause the fiberglass mat underneath the shingles to become exposed
How Hail Affects Siding
Hail can do extensive damage to the siding of your home too. In addition, the high winds that usually accompany the hail can further the damage that is experienced. A few things that can happen to your siding include:
- Pieces of your siding missing
Of course, it is not just your home that is at risk during strong storms, such as those we just experienced. You are also at risk. If the hail is bad enough, it can cause serious damage to a person. Try to find shelter as quickly as possible and after the storm, carefully inspect your home, keeping an eye out for broken window glass, knocked down trees and power lines that have been affected.