Hail And Storm Damage To Roofs And Roofing In Pennsylvania
Though Pennsylvania is not a state that many people associate with severe weather, PA, also known
as the Keystone State, does receive its fair share of damaging storms every year.
When you think about storms in Pennsylvania, you may immediately think about snowfall. Of course,
PA is on the northern end of the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. And Pennsylvania, especially in
regions more northern and western within the state, get blasted from snow seemingly every year.
Severe snowstorms can cause damage to roofs and guttering of a home, as well as other damage.
When a substantial amount of snow rests on a roofing and guttering system, the weight alone can
sometimes cause slight roof cave-ins or water leaks. The gutters can come apart from the fascia
board and even completely detach and fall from the home.
Also, when the snow/ice starts to thaw and then re-freezes, this can cause what is commonly known
as ice-damming. Damage from ice-damming usually involves water leaking from entry points near the
edge of the roof, where the gutters are installed.
Ice and water shield is a membrane that most quality roofing contractors now use when installing a
roof. This membrana is designed to prevent ice damming, but in extremely severe snow and ice
storms, ice and water shield will not always prevent leaking.
If you are a homeowner who has experienced roofing damage or a roof leak or ice-damming from a
severe snow or ice storm, you may be covered for the damages under your homeowners insurance
company and you want to make sure that you use a qualified insurance restoration contractor, both to
help you with the claims process, but also to perform the repairs properly.
Another type of roofing damage that occurs in Pennsylvania is from hail and windstorms. When
people think of large hailstorms, they may think about Texas or Oklahoma and other regions and
states in the Midwest. And though these regions typically will suffer more damage from very severe
hailstorms, Pennsylvania and other mid-Atlantic states like New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and
Virginia also sustain hail damage from severe storms every year.
Hailstorms can occur as early in the year as February and as late as November, but most hailstorms
in general and hailstorms in PA occur between the months of April and August with the bulk of the
storms usually occurring in May, June and July. When hail strikes a home, it can damage its roof,
siding, gutters, trim, screens, awnings, and very severe hailstorms can even break windows and
Most reported hail in Pennsylvania is between 1 and 2 inches in diameter. These storms typically will
not cause window damage, but they are often severe enough to damage asphalt roofing shingles.
They also often cause damage to other roofing systems like cedar roofing as well as siding such as
aluminum (dents) or vinyl (holes).
Common claims for hail damage in Pennsylvania will involve roof damage, siding damage, gutter
damage or some combination of the three. When it comes to hailstorms and hail claims, issues of
matching may arise. This is why it is usually a good idea to use an experienced storm damage
There are many contractors that specialize in roof damage claims and in performing complete as well
as partial roof replacements. Plus, many of these contractors are very familiar with the roof damage
claims process and they will be able to assist you from the time before you even submit a claim until
the project is completed.
If you are a homeowner that has recently sustained hail or wind damage to your roofing, siding or
gutters, you should call a contractor that specializes in hail damage repairs for a free inspection.
During this inspection, the contractor will give you his opinion about your situation and explain how
the process works.
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