Storm damage through Texas is a regular and unfortunate turn of events that may affect your business or home. Have one of our AmeriConstruction technicians come to your address and perform a full property inspection. This is a free service for ALL building owners. Our team will provide you with a full detailed report of all damages, areas of potential concern and how we can help. Let your business take place as normal, let our team take care of the rest.
The size of hailstones necessary to cause damage to various roof coverings can vary from as little as ½ inch in diameter to over 2 ½ inches in diameter.
Hail damage to Asphalt Shingles may consist of punctures, tears, fractures (bruises) or the more common displacement of granules. Displacement of granules occurs when granules have been knocked off by the impact of hail stones hitting the roof.
Metal roof panels subjected to hail impact commonly sustain dents. While unsightly, indentations from hail impact do not affect the watertightness of the roof panel. If the metal panel finish is cracked or chipped, the panel can rust over time due to micro-fractures in the metal, shortening its lifespan. Unless the panel becomes split or fractured, the indentations are considered cosmetic damage.
Thermoplastic membranes like PVC and TPO can withstand impact from hailstones up to 1 ¾ inches in diameter depending on the condition of the roof system. As these membranes age, plasticizers in the material can leach out of the membrane, leaving it more susceptible to damage. In severe cases, hail as small as ½ inch in diameter can cause fractures in a deteriorated thermoplastic roof membrane. When hail damages a thermoplastic membrane, cracks in crow's feet or concentric semicircle patterns form. Rigid cover boards can be installed below the membrane to improve resistance to hail impact.
Modified bitumen and built-up asphalt roof (BUR) systems are resilient to hail impact based on their installed configurations. Built-up asphalt roof systems are commonly gravel surfaced. The gravel provides protection to the underlying roof membrane from both foot traffic, ultraviolet (UV) exposure, as well as hailstones.
BURs can also be installed in a smooth-surfaced configuration, but these coverings are more vulnerable and can sustain damage from 1 ½-inch-diameter hailstones. Modified bitumen roof assemblies are typically constructed in two plies, with a base sheet and cap sheet. The material itself is manufactured from asphalt blended with rubber or plastics to provide a more flexible and long-lasting roof covering. The most durable modified bitumen membranes are granule surfaced, similar to a common asphalt shingle. Modified bitumen roof coverings in good condition can easily withstand impact from hailstones 1 ½ inches in diameter or larger. Hail can displace the granules or fracture the underlying reinforcement of the modified bitumen. When blisters or ridges occur in BUR or modified bitumen membranes, the unsupported area will be more susceptible to damage from incoming hailstones.
Severe winds affect all of the low-slope roof systems in a similar manner. Wind uplift pressures are a function of wind speed and the roof height above ground. The resultant uplift pressures are highest at the corners and along the perimeter of a building. As a result, wind damage is typically seen first at the edges of the roof. Once the roof system is compromised, a cascading failure can occur, and wind damage is often characterized by roof coverings that have been lifted and peeled back from the edges.
Single-ply roof systems damaged by wind may appear loose and wrinkled while metal panels are commonly kinked and folded sharply. When severe winds damage a roof system, collateral indicators of high winds are commonly observed. Items such as satellite dishes, antennas, and other roof-top equipment can be blown from the roof or displaced before wind speeds reach a velocity that will damage a sound roof covering.
Roof Inspection: The obvious place to start of course is the roof and accessing damages. Our team conducts a full inspection of the roof but not limited to gutters, soft metals and the exterior of the property.
Call in a claim: Once the thorough inspection is concluded and have identified enough wind or hail damage, we will be happy to assist you in the filling of your claim with the insurance company while we are still on the premises.
Adjuster Meeting: Within 3 days (72 hours) of the submission of your claim, an adjuster will contact you to set up an inspection of their own for damages claimed. Our team will happily meet with your adjuster at the specified time to ensure we point out all of our findings to him/her to verify 100% of the damages are accounted for and documented.
Review of adjuster worksheet with owner: We do this for accuracy reasons, in order to determine the full scope of work to be completed.
Materials Selection: A full checklist will be detailed after reviewing the scope of work to be completed. This is to verify all materials and color options are satisfactory to the owner / business. Once verified our team will schedule an installation date to start production.