When the skies unleash a hailstorm, the visible signs of damage might be the first concern that comes to mind. Cracked windows, dented roofing, and pockmarked surfaces are the obvious reminders of nature's fury. However, there is a lurking menace that often goes unnoticed—hidden damage.
Hidden damages that can result from hail damage can help navigate any insurance claims you may have to make sure your property is fully repaired and all damages are addressed.
Hailstorms can wreak havoc on various components of our homes, causing subtle impairments that may not be immediately apparent. From the roof over our heads to the windows, air conditioning units, and even the sturdy garage doors, the impact of hail can inflict silent harm. In this blog post, we delve into the realms of hidden destruction, shedding light on the potential damages that hail can inflict upon these critical elements of our living spaces. Buckle up as we embark on a journey to uncover the concealed aftermath of hail's assault on roofing, windows, AC units, and garage doors.
When a hailstorm hits, your roof is the first line of defense for your home. However, it is also the most vulnerable to damage. While some damage may be immediately noticeable, such as cracked or missing shingles, other problems may remain hidden. Here are some common types of hidden hail damage to look out for:
Hailstones can strip away the protective granules on your roof's shingles. Over time, this loss can expose the underlying material, leading to accelerated wear and tear. Granules are crucial to roof function including UV protection, adding weight to hold shingles down, provide wind uplift protection, fire retardation, aesthetic appeal, and slowing down water runoff.
Soft Spot Formation:
The impact of hailstones can create soft spots on your roof. These weakened areas are prone to leaks and can cause significant structural damage if left unattended.
Roofing Components: Other roofing components like flashing, vents, gutters, and chimney caps can suffer dents or cracks as well. In severe cases, hail can even cause structural damage to the roof's decking or support structure. Metal roofing can leak prematurely and rust.
Windows are another susceptible area during hailstorms. While some window damage is obvious, such as shattered glass, hidden damage can go unnoticed. Window damage from hail is not just broken glass. Improperly functioning windows can result in issues including heat transfer, gas escape, chemical fog, and moisture accumulation.
Cracked or Chipped Windowpanes:
Hailstones of varying sizes can leave behind cracks or chips on your windowpanes. Over time, these minor issues can compromise the structural integrity and insulation of your windows.
Small fractures in glass:
These may not be visible at first glance. Over time, these can expand, leading to potential breakage.
Hail can damage the seals around windows, leading to air leaks and reduced energy efficiency. These hidden gaps can allow drafts, noise, and moisture to enter your home. This must be tested with compressed air.
Constant exposure to hailstorms can weaken window frames, causing them to warp or deteriorate. This can result in misaligned windows, difficulty in opening and closing, and decreased security.
AC Unit Damage
Beyond the dents and bruises inflicted by hail, there lies a hidden menace that affects crucial components such as coils, condenser units, refrigerant lines, and electrical elements. Unbeknownst to many, these vulnerable parts can suffer lasting harm, leading to reduced cooling capacity, refrigerant leaks, and electrical malfunctions.
The outdoor condenser unit is particularly vulnerable to hail damage. Hailstones can dent or deform the condenser fins and housing, leading to airflow obstruction and reduced heat dissipation. This can result in decreased cooling capacity and increased energy consumption.
Hailstones can dent or bend the fins and coils of the AC unit. These components are vital for heat exchange and proper cooling. Damaged coils can restrict airflow, reduce efficiency, and compromise the AC unit's performance.
Hail impact can also result in refrigerant leaks from punctured or cracked lines, leading to decreased cooling capacity, these also require costly repairs to locate and fix the leaks, and recharge the refrigerant.
The fan blades and motor of the AC unit can be damaged by hail impact. Bent or broken fan blades can result in improper airflow and reduced cooling performance. Damaged motors may require replacement or repair to ensure the proper functioning of the fan.
Hail can also damage electrical components of the AC unit, including wiring, capacitors, and control boards. This can lead to electrical malfunctions or even complete system failure, requiring professional repair or replacement.
Often overlooked, garage doors can also sustain substantial hail damage. The following issues may arise.
Hailstones can dent or deform the panels of your garage doors. While these dents may seem minor, they can compromise the door's structural integrity and affect its smooth operation.
Malfunctioning Springs and Tracks:
The forceful impact of hail can misalign or damage the springs and tracks of your garage doors. This can result in noisy operations, difficulty in opening and closing, and even complete failure of the door mechanism.
Hail can tear or dislodge the weatherstripping on your garage doors. This can allow water, debris, and pests to enter your garage, potentially causing further damage.
If you find yourself facing hidden hail damage to your roofing, windows, AC units, or garage doors, it is crucial to take immediate action as a homeowner. Don't overlook the potential long-term consequences of these silent impairments. Take the initiative to thoroughly inspect your property, paying close attention to the affected components.
When it comes to addressing and resolving hidden hail damage, you can rely on, Bishop Builders. With our expertise and experience, we will assess the extent of the damage, provide the necessary repairs or replacements, and restore the integrity of your home.