Learn How to Spot Hail Damage on Roofs in Multifamily Complexes

Informational, Storm Recovery

Hail & Multifamily Roofs

Just about every part of the country has experienced hail at some point, though some get it worse than others. Hail storms have the propensity to cause a significant amount of damage, particularly since they tend to occur quickly and with great force. Hailstones may cause damage to roofing shingles, roof system components, gutters, windows, screens, and siding.

Here are a few interesting facts about hail and what you need to know in terms of protecting and caring for your own multifamily apartment community:

What is hail?

Hail is a type of precipitation that forms as a result of thunderstorm updrafts driving rain upward into areas of the atmosphere that are extremely cold. Once these raindrops meet the extremely frigid temperatures, they turn into stones of ice before falling back down to the earth below.
How fast does hail fall?
At this time, there are really only estimates as to how fast hail falls to the earth. According to one such estimate, a hailstone measuring approximately 1cm will fall at around 9 m/s. An 8cm hailstone will fall at around 48 m/s. Of course, there are a number of other factors to consider which can hinder the speed with which hail may fall, such as friction, wind, collisions with other hailstones and/or raindrops, melting and more. Additionally, the fact that hailstones are not perfectly spherical can also have an impact on speed.

How large can hail get?

In most cases, hail tends to be smaller in size – around the size of a pea or possibly a marble. Larger thunderstorms, however, can produce much larger hailstones. The largest hailstone on record in the U.S. was recovered in Vivian, SD in June of 2010. This stone measured in at a whopping 8 inches in diameter, 18.62 inches in circumference and weighed in at 1 pound, 15 ounces! (To put that in perspective, a softball is only about 4 ½ inches in diameter!)

What areas have the most hail?

Despite the fact that Florida happens to be the state with the majority of thunderstorms, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, and Wyoming are actually the states that tend to have the most hail. Of course, in reality, hail can occur just about anywhere that a storm can form, including states that have relatively warm climates. In 2012 there was a significant hail storm that impacted Island of Oahu, Hawaii.

What happens if hail damages your roof?

Most apartment owners and management companies aren’t overly concerned about hail until it results in damage to a property. Hail that is large enough can cause everything from dented vehicles to broken windows and, of course, roof damage. If you are in an area that recently experienced a significant hail storm, your roof may have sustained damages even if it doesn’t appear that way.

In many cases, assessing hail damage requires an inspection by a trained multifamily large loss claim expert professional who has extensive experience identifying hail damage to multifamily apartments. Prior to contacting your insurance company, it is always better to have a certified multifamily roofing inspector perform a roof inspection and provided a detailed roof inspection report.

The CapEx Roofing team is experts at apartment roofing storm damage and hail damage inspections. We specialize in large loss insurance claims and working with all insurance carriers to establish a complete scope of work and reach a price agreeable for extensive roof repairs or complete community roof replacement. We also identify the concerns with the existing roof system and provide a report including the solutions to address such concerns and improve the overall apartment roof.

If your multifamily property and apartment complex has been impacted by hail and/or a recent storm please contact our team. If you have a worn out roof and are in need of roof budget numbers, roof repairs, or a complete roof replacement estimate we can respond promptly. Multifamily Roofing is all we do, it’s 100% of our focus.

Please contact our team at one of our locations below.
Nationwide: 877-928-7663

Kansas City: 913-905-5999
Denver, CO: 303-390-1660
Colorado Springs, CO: 303-390-1660
Omaha, NE: 402-408-9829
St. Louis, MO: 636-328-0528
Minneapolis, MN: 952-594-3008
Atlanta, GA: 770-370-4925
Nashville, TN: 615-348-7525
Indianapolis, IN: 317-550-0011
Hawaii: 877-365-6100

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