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  • How do I decide what shingle to choose?

    The choice of shingle is a personal one unless there are restrictive covenants in your area that make the choice for you. Often, storm damage leads to the homeowner asking this question. They don't just wake up and decide to change their roof. Usually, a big hail storm will have struck the Dallas Fort Worth area and now they are deciding what to choose, or perhaps a big storm has revealed leakage. The main concerns I see are:

    • Cost: for many people, this is of overriding importance to them. A three tab shingle will of course be the least expensive way to go, but will not have the curb appeal of a higher grade product.
    • Value: this is where other factors enter the equation. For most people, a shingle like the GAF Timberline will represent the best value with excellent long term wearability and good looks.
    • Color: "I saw a house that really had a great looking color on the roof; can you match it?" When I hear this, it usually means a homeowner saw a designer color roof that caught their eye.
    • Resale value: "I really do not want to spend much as I'm planning to sell soon." Look around at your neighbors' homes. If they have three tab roofs, it certainly will not make sense to put up a designer shingle in the neighborhood, and vice versa.
    • Insurance settlement: The insurance company will pay to restore your home to what it was. They will not pay for shingle upgrades.

    If you have questions, and you probably do, please feel free to call us or click on the contact form. We will be happy to help in any way we can.

    How do I know if I have Hail Damage to My Roof?

      • The most obvious indicator is hail damage to cars in your area.
        If you see cars with hail damage, your roof needs an inspection

        Hail Damage in Plano, Richardson, Coppell, Dallas, Richardson, Garland, TexasIf you have cars with windshields like this, you already know what hail looks like. This damaged windshield occurred in Coppell, Texas. It is rare to have hail of this size and force, but massive hail has hit Dallas, Garland, Richardson, Coppell, Mesquite, and many other areas in the past, and is always a possibility during big storm events.

      • Damage to metal vents and chimney caps are a good indicator of roof hail damage
        Look up at your roof. Is the turbine spinning with a wobble or worse?

        Roof Hail Damage in Plano, Richardson, Coppell, Dallas, Richardson, Garland, TexasIf you notice damage to turbines, roof vents, etc. there is a definite need for you to have a roofer take a look at your roof. A turbine this badly damaged probably indicates a totally destroyed roof, but a turbine with much smaller hail hits can also indicate a badly damaged roof system. When in doubt, call us out to take a look first hand.


      • Damaged Skylights
        People putting tarps over skylights are a good indicator of hail damage

        Hail Damage To Water Damage Skylights in Plano, Richardson, Coppell, Dallas, Richardson, Garland, TexasJust as damaged turbines and damage to car windows are obvious indicators of big hail damage, so too are damaged and broken skylights.
        If a skylight is leaking, you should have a roofer come out immediately before damage is done to your drywall and interior structure. The most common reason I see skylights leaking is not from hail, but rather from improper flashing.

         

        Non-obvious hail damage

        Most hail damage is much harder to see but no less important to find before damage is done

        Roofing Hail Damage in Plano, Richardson, Coppell, Dallas, Richardson, Garland, TexasThe most common hail damage is not obvious to the untrained eye, but it will shorten the life of your roof dramatically. When hail imapacts a roof, it does exactly that: it impacts it, often breaking through the shingle, leaving small cracks and fractures. No two insurance adjusters will totally agree on what is or is not a hail hit. That is why it is a very good idea to have a roofer present to look over your roof and represent you.


      Hail damage varies with the size of the hail stones and the angle of impact

      What damage does hail do and how big does hail have to be to damage my roof?

      Roofing Hail Damage in Plano, Richardson, Coppell, Dallas, Richardson, Garland, TexasThe angle at which hail strikes will affect the damage done. For instance hail striking at an angle will do less damage than a hit straight on. That is why you often find the side of the roof facing the direction of the wind has the most damage. Once hail gets large, the angle of attack seems much less important as the heavy hail tends to fall from the sky, often in a nearly vertical drop.

      1/2" Hail:
      Few roofs are damaged in small hail storms. Your plantings may suffer some losses. You may see the splatter pattern on the furnace vents, turtle vents and see small dents in soft metals. Small dents appear in aluminum vents, air conditioning units, lead pipe jack sleeves (on soil stacks), window screens and aluminum awnings may be dented.

      3/4" Hail: This size hail can do some damage. You often hear otherwise, but it has a lot to do with the age of the roof and of the weight of it. Older compositon three tab roofs can take a beating. Aluminum fascia, window wraps, screen frames, flashing and some valleys can be dented. If you have an older roof, you should check it.

      1"Hail: One inch (quarter sized) hail is the threshold size at which lightweight asphalt composition shingles may sustain damage.. It may be prudent to check the roof even if the roof is newer if it is a three tab.
      Wood shake roofs may be damaged and the thinner wood shingle roofs are especially prone to damage through splitting and cracking. Single-pane windows and light duty skylights may become cracked and/or broken.

      1 - 1/4" - 1 1/2" Hail: (Golf ball sized hail) Hail this size is big enough to damage newer laminate roofs and heavy shake roofs. This is big hail that can do a lot of damage in an area. You will see automobiles with body metal seriously dented, galvanized metal vents dented and many plastic skylights cracked or broken. Denting of aircraft at DFW airport often occurs with this size hail. In fact, the storm in the picture (Fox News) damaged about 60 planes and this screen shot took place just after the storm passed over the airport and headed through Irving and Coppell. The April hail storm did tremendous damage to many homes and cars.

      Over 1 1/2 inch hail-If you are in hail of this size range you know you have problems. Class IV hail rated asphalt shingle roofs are rated by dropping a 2 inch steel ball on them from 20 feet. If a large wind driven hail ball of ice hits your roof from thousands of feet, accelerating at 32 feet per second per second, it can pack a tremendous force and destroy a Class IV (four) hail rated roof in minutes. Hail this size causes tremendous damage to tile roofs. Even concrete tile roofs like Monier tile will have many cracked and broken tiles.

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