Hail is one of the most interesting phenomena in science. In its smallest form, it can be a pretty sight to see, but dealing with hail damage is anything but amazing. When hail drops down, it can create more damage than you think. Listed below are some facts about hail damage you may find surprising:
Hail Effects on Roofs
Hail can damage the protective surface of your roofing tiles, as well as the asphalt coating and glass mat on shingles. Cedar shingles and shakes become split, metal roofing dents, and gutters and fascia can be torn off your house.
Hail Damage is Costly
Every year hail causes up to $1 billion in property damage and ruins crops in fertile states like Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska. The most damaging hail storm happened in Denver, Colorado, on July 11, 1990, with a total amassed damage of $625 million.
Hail Stone Sizes and Falling Speeds
Even the smallest hail stones can be destructive. The largest stone recorded weighed was 1.93 pounds and was 8-inches in diameter. Oddly enough, size isn’t the only reason large stones cause so much damage. Small bits of hail fall at a rate of 20 mph and the larger, more dangerous ones fall at a rate of 110 mph.
Even though these storms never last more than 15 minutes, they still cause hail damage to your roof, siding and other structures. Make sure to contact a roofing specialist after a severe storm.
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