The metal roofing experts at Metal Roofing Alliance shared some interesting news this month about the value of these products as protection against hail. As longtime roofing contractors in Tampa Bay, Arry’s Roofing has seen plenty of instances of significant damage to a roof caused by hail. In some cases, the homeowner was not fully aware of the extent of the damage because not all damage is visible.
Here’s what the folks at the Metal Roofing Alliance are sharing with us and others. They are highlighting two recent reports about the resilience of metal roofing during severe hailstorms. One of the reports focuses on a 2011 Texas hailstorm with research conducted by the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues. Jim Austin summarized the findings of the RICOWI Hail Inspection Program in a web article last month. He wrote, “Hail effects on metal roof systems were seen as largely cosmetic, rather than functional. Indentations occurred with larger hailstones, but painted coatings had not been visibly compromised by the denting.” The full article can be viewed on the Construction Magazine Network website, which you can get to by clicking on the link below.
Austin’s article is part of a six-part series he’s doing about how metal roofing stands up to various weather elements. In the case of hail, it’s important to note that the report also mentions related damage was readily apparent to the trained eye. The key word here is “trained” since an expert in repairing roofs damaged by hail will know what signs to look for immediately. Hail damage is different than normal weathering, and it’s essential for the contractor you choose to recognize those differences. As Jim Austin points out, “Impact generally resulted in circular starburst-shaped fractures, and the fracture surfaces had limited oxidation, shrinkage, or grime accumulation, and there was often direct surface evidence of the hail impact.”
A second test shared by the Metal Roofing Alliance is not yet conclusive but provided some compelling video to demonstrate metal roofing’s resilience. While the results of the test are still being analyzed, you can see for yourself how one metal roofing system stands up to hail. The video, posted by the Institute for Business and Home Safety, is available by clicking on the link below.
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Arry’s Roofing has been installing metal roofing systems for years throughout the Tampa Bay area. We handle installations for both residential and commercial properties, and you can take a look at some of our finished work by clicking HERE. Schedule an appointment to discuss your metal roofing needs by calling us at 727.362.2230.