Calgary, Okotoks, and Edmonton experienced a ferocious hail storm in June 29, 2016 with the price tag reaching between $50 million and $52 million according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada. Canada’s infamous “Hailstorm Alley” runs through south-central Alberta, from Calgary through Red Deer to Edmonton.
In Medicine Hat, Jim Tennant said the hail “went from small pieces to hail approximately two inches (5 cm) in diameter,” noting that the one side of his roof where the hail came down received some damage. Beverly Waege, who lives in Dunmore, also received a large amount of hail at her home, noting that “it hit the windows, breaking them, and damaged the siding of the house. It did some damage to the roof too.”
According to Environment Canada, hailstones with a diameter of 2 centimeters or greater present a risk to properties depending on hailstone size and shape, hailstone density, storm duration, and the accompanying wind speed and direction. Wind-driven hail can severely damage roofs and skylights, but also wall sidings, windows, doors, exterior insulating finishing systems (EIFS), glass façades, downspouts, and vents.
According to Insurance-Canada.ca Inc., there are a wide range of variables to consider when inspecting potential hail damaged roofs and there are definitely some justified cases where the damage absolutely warrants a new roof, other cases are not as clear. When our Edmonton roofers at A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP, look at hail damage they typically look for functional damage, the loss of water shedding ability or the loss of functional life.
In Canada, most homes have an asphalt shingle roof cover. Any visible evidence of an opening on the surface of a shingle – tearing, fracturing, cracking, or rupturing – indicates damage and could warrant roof repair or replacement. Hail damage on metal roofs characterized by dents and chips; damage to wood shakes/shingles is characterized by a split in the wood associated with a fresh impact on the wood, or a puncture through the wood. When in doubt, it is best to contact a local expert for professional advice.
For residential buildings most of the damage occurs to roofs and roof coverings. In fact, a recent hail claims study by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) on residential buildings following the 2011 hailstorms in Dallas-Fort Worth, USA showed that over 90 percent of the losses were from roof damage.
Roof & Siding Repair in Edmonton
If your home experienced damaging hail, or if you have questions about your roofing or siding needs, call A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP at 780.465.7571 today. With 60 years in the residential roofing and siding business, backed by a 5-year workmanship warranty and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, you can trust A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP.