If you think getting tornadoes in Hampton Roads is unusual, how about hail, and that happening on a warm day!! You might have been witness to the recent hail storm that fell through the Newport News Area. Wavy 10 TV announced, “There were several reports of hail – from pea-sized to ping-pong ball-sized. In addition to hail, there were strong winds, heavy downpours, and frequent lightning.” This type of weather can wreak serious havoc on your roof, especially in combination!
Minutes before the hail struck in the area my mother called me, who lives about 20 minutes north of me in Newport News, “Stay inside and whatever you do, don’t take the dog out.” She explained in haste, describing ping-pong ball-sized hail. After 20 years in the area and never having seen that, I wondered if maybe she was exaggerating a bit? I heard a little rumble starting on the roof and out of curiosity, walked into the hallway only to witness what she was talking about. Watching these ice balls bounce on the ground with such vengeance, I could only think it would be like getting struck multiple time by paintball pellets to be walking in that mess!!! Have you had an experience with a pummeling hail storm? If so, feel free to share with us on our facebook post. We would sure like to hear about it. According to reports, this was the most reported hail storm damage since before 2005.
Can you imagine the force of the hail on a roof? That accompanied by strong winds and heavy downpours? If your home is in one of the areas the hail hit, how do you know if there is damage? Good question, because hail damage is often not visible from the ground. It’s easy to think that since the storm was a couple of months ago, any sign of damage would be obvious by now. Not necessarily. Minor damages can eventually develop into major and costly repairs if left ignored. The best option is to have a trained profession inspect the roof for any damages since they have a skilled eye of what to look for.
Whether you would like to clear your mind of any harm to your roof, need repairs or it’s time for a roof replacement, give us a call at 757-867-6600. We are more than happy to come out and provide a free estimate for you.