Hail Storms in Fairfax Chantilly and Centreville Virginia
On 5/6/2015 Northern Virginia was hit by hail and wind storms. Fairfax, Chantilly, Herndon got most of the hail and wind damage. Many people don’t know when a hail storm hit, cause it usually comes with rain and may only last 2 or 3 minutes. But the hail that fell on May 6, 2015 was 1.75 in diameter and cause alot of damages to roofs and siding. Hail is not something that falls everyday, so if your home, car, or property is affected there are something that you might need to know. If you haven’t had a home inspection in years, this may be your time to actually get it done.
An inspection may actually be beneficial to your family and home, an inspection is actually the best way to find out if you have any leaks or damage that’s in your roof or siding. What usually happens during a roofing inspection is that a roofer or a roofing specialist will get on your roof and look around. The primarily look for loose shingles and hail hits. Loose and tore shingles can mean many things, like that the shingle can be very old or the wind took it off. Wind storms in the Northern Virginia area are not uncommon due to the different mountains that are around Northern Virginia including the Appalachian and Blue Ridge mountains, and the rain that comes off their valleys. When there’s loose shingles, if the person or company inspecting your roof finds more than 8 missing shingles in a 10 foot by 10 foot test square, it may be time to replace that section of your roof. Not replacing missing shingles can have many bad consequences for your roofing system and attic. The shingles on your roof is the first line of defense that prevent water from going through the felt paper and to your attic, which may have the wood beams in there. It may not happen over night but 6 months to a year the affect of wood rot will take place.
Wind not only damages your roof but also damages your siding. Wind can take your siding off and leave it expose to nature, the problem is that the original company that may have installed your siding may have not installed it properly. Most companies that were in the siding remodeling business in the 1980s and 1990s were installing aluminum siding, which most manufacturers don’t make no more. Most of the time when you look behind aluminum siding you won’t find any siding wrap. Siding wrap is usually installed with Vinyl siding, and Vinyl is way better than aluminum cause it doesn’t damage as easy.
Hail also damages your home, hail leaves an imprint on your roof which only a roofing specialist and trained specialist can see. Many people ask us the question well how bad can a little hail be. Well for one it makes your roof ugly and useless. But if you been reading, it has to do with leaks in your roof. Hail can actually allow water to get behind the felt paper and on to your attic.
This is what many people in Herndon, Fairfax, Chantilly, Centreville are going through because of these hail and wind storms. Our company Mid Atlantic Construction and Technology offer free roofing inspections, give us a call today 571-252-9748.