Roofing Authority reports on the results of tests conducted by the Institute for Business and Home Safety to determine the effects of hail on various building materials, including roofing.
And according to one reporter who asked the right questions, the test confirmed what we would expect: Traditional 3-tab shingles suffered more damage than architectural shingles, and the portion of the standing-seam metal roof installed over solid sheathing fared better than the portion of metal roofing over asphalt shingles (to simulate a re-roof).
These results also confirmed what had previously been the most conclusive study of roofing performance in hail storms: The Hailstorm Investigation Program by the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues, Inc. (RICOWI).
Hail is one of the most damaging weather elements to property, particularly roofing and cars. This is particularly true in the state of Texas, which had the highest amount of hail damage insurance claims for 2012, according to insurance company State Farm. As such, it is important for Texas residents, including those in the city of Katy, to learn about the effects of hail on various roofing materials.
The Roofing Authority report says that some materials proved to be more hail-resistant than others. Architectural shingles, for instance, withstood hail damage better than the standard 3-tab shingles, while metal roofing sustained only cosmetic or superficial damage. Likewise, the tests showed that older roofing materials, as well as unsupported roofs, were more prone to hail damage than their newer and supported counterparts.
Those who are building a home in Katy, TX, or are considering a roofing replacement, may want to consider these factors when selecting suitable roofing materials. Standard shingle roofing, however, remains the most popular type in the country. It is, therefore, not surprising that many homes get affected by hail storm damage, making professional roof repair in Katy, TX homes important.
Experts say it is not easy to detect hail damage and that it takes the trained eyes of professionals to distinguish the difference between damage from hailstorms and manufacturing defects or regular wear and tear. However, it is important to identify hail damage for insurance claim purposes.
Likewise, some hail damage may appear superficial, but can quickly deteriorate if not properly fixed on time. Therefore, to facilitate insurance claims and to protect roofing from premature deterioration, it is best to call on the services of Katy, TX roofing repair experts, like those from Summit Roofing & Restoration, once a hailstorm has passed.
(Article information and image from Roofs that resist one hail of a test storm, Roofing Authority)