Damage From Summer Hailstorms

Damage From Summer Hailstorms: Can Your Roof Tolerate This?

Everybody realizes that heavy and snowy winters can damage the roof. However, building owners should know that summer storms, which are usually quick and heavy, can be as damaging as the heaviest blizzards. Fortunately, with some fundamental info and a bit of prevention, building owners can maintain the functionality and safety of their roofs throughout all seasons.

Summer Climate: Thunderstorm Attacks & Critical Damage

Humidity and quickly increasing hot air are the key elements to the millions of thunderstorms emerging every year. The hot summer season triggers both of these issues, especially in hot and humid South-Eastern states. The damage is typically inflicted by rain, winds, and hails. However, heavy wind attacks are the greatest cause of damage.

Summer storms can quickly strike trees, damage energy lines, or attach roof poles, leading to punctures and potentially roof structural damage. Heavy winds can also aggravate structural issues such as delaminations, blisters, and uncared termination spots, making the membrane slide off from the building. Lastly, heavy summer storms may lead to flashing leakage. This translates to a quick build-up of moisture inside the roof, hinging the roof’s draining network with a risky amount of load.

Controlling Summer Storm Effects: What To Do Before and After the Storm

Summer storms occur often unexpectedly without any prior notice, exposing building owners to a highly troublesome situation. However, you can follow some preventive measures to protect the structure of your roof such as:

-Cutting or removing trees that are very close to the building

-Making sure that the drains, gutters, and scuppers are clear and unobstructed so they can tolerate a flood of water

Still, even with such precautions, owners should carry out a quick yet broad check of the roof following the storm to prevent damage. This is the best course of action against critical impairment. Initially, both owners and contractors should not access and step over the roof before the storm stops. Once the bad weather is over, building owners and workers should look out for the following signs of summer storm damage:

  • Accumulated debris and water leakage
  • Punctures and tears in the membrane
  • Damaged flashing on the roof’s perimeter
  • Lost or damaged HVAC materials
  • Shatters or loops on external walls
  • Damaged domes or flashing

Even winters are infamous for their risky effects on the roof, building owners should also be aware of the summer storms and the damage they can cause–they can quickly escalate and lead to critical damage as well. Properly maintained roofing systems can protect from these attacks, as long as building owners keep their drainage networks clear of obstructions and the trees close are trimmed or removed. After the storm has passed, building managers may carry out extensive evaluations and take measures to control early damage and prevent extended damage as the rain season sets in.