We learn in elementary school that hail is nothing more than frozen rain. That makes it sound small and harmless, like a fun slushy drink falling from the skies. In reality, it’s like a barrage of buckshot taking out car windshields, the windows in your home, and damaging roofs and insulation.
Hail is normally measured in sizes from half an inch (marble size), to four and a half inches, the size of a grapefruit. That’s not even the biggest hailstone. Imagine a rock solid hailstone with a diameter of eight inches and a weight of almost two pounds falling on your house. That’s gonna leave a mark.
Hailstones don’t have to be gigantic to wreak havoc, though. A 2016 hailstorm in Calgary, Alberta, pelted a neighborhood with golf ball sized hail, shattering windscreens and windows. And that was in the middle of July! The truth is, hail can happen anytime.
Now that we’ve established that hail can penetrate a roof, it stands to reason that hail can punch its way through a roof or exterior walls. The secondary problem with hail is: it melts. The ensuing moisture can damage, if not ruin, previously installed insulation. There are some important steps to take after a hailstorm.
- Have a professional check for roof damage. Don’t climb up there yourself; the structural integrity of the roof may have been compromised
- File an insurance claim as quickly as possible.
- Contact a professional insulation installer to assess the damage, remove the damaged installation and install a new layer.
If you’re an insulation installer wondering how the hail you can assist customers with damaged insulation, contact Capitol Machine International. Our insulation removal vacs and blowers can withstand a storm of abuse while making your job easier. Incredible customer service means we’ll never leave you on ice.