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How Large Does Hail Have To Be To Damage A Roof?


As many Oklahoman’s know, hail can significantly damage your roof. This damage can vary in severity depending on the strength of your roof and the size of the hail. The variations in this damage can knock off the granules on your shingles all the way up to damaging the integrity of the shingle altogether. So at what size does damage occur?

Hail size can range from pea-sized up to grapefruit or softball-sized, so obviously each of these sizes will affect your roof differently. Pea or even dime-sized hail is pretty common when severe storms strike, and these sizes are large enough to knock granules off your shingles. While this damage may not seem very serious, it can shorten the life of your roof and even lead to leaks. The leaks at this size can come due to your shingles being exposed to the sun and cracking.

Hail that is a little bit larger (around marble-sized) can break through the granules and actually dent the shingle, weakening it. You can spot this damage by looking at your roof and seeing what looks like small holes.

Large hail, such as softball-sized hail, can go straight through your roof. This is rare, but is serious nonetheless. These exposed areas should be covered and repaired as soon as possible.

If you have any further questions about hail damage or would like to schedule a roof repair, give us a call at (918) 558-ROOF (7663).