Hail Damage Asphalt Shingles

Hail Damage to an Asphalt Shingle roof in Omaha, NE

Time Line

In the year 2003, I first started inspecting roofs in Omaha, NE.  At that time it was the industry standard that hail had to be at least 1.75″ in diameter (size of a golf ball), to do any major damage to a roof.   Also, that size hail had to fall with enough frequency to break through the roof at least 15 times in a 10′ x 10′ area, also called a square.  Fast forward 12 years, now when to consider a roof for full replacement after a hail storm has become very complex and a much debated topic in Omaha, NE. 

“To be, or not to be?” that is the question. Everyone has heard that expression. In the roofing business it is “To last, or to not last?”. What I mean by that is do you want a roof that will last for many decades or one that starts to age the minute the roof is assembled.Metal Roofing Omaha If you don’t know already, metal roofing is more expensive than asphalt shingles! This might be shocking to some, but a product that last at least twice as long is going to be more expensive. The price difference can range from 25% to 150% more. Quality of the metal and the more natural looking metal roofing look is going to make it more expensive. For example, 29 gauge painted sheet metal with screws fastened through the metal is an inexpensive metal roofing option, compared to 26 gauge stone coated steel roofing shingles formed to look like wood shakes, or Spanish tile, or even asphalt shingles on the higher end. In my opinion the sheet metal is for rural applications and the stone coated steel roofing shingles are for urban applications. So, in Omaha, stone coated steel, and outside of Omaha, sheet metal will be okay. Now that we cleared the air about metal roofing being higher priced. Let’s talk about VALUE. Value and price, price and value.

Roof Inspector and Roof Consultant in Omaha, NE.  Email cooper@arooftech.com

The similarities:

Cedar Shakes & Shingles

  1. They are made out of Cedar, a type of wood, nothing else.  Every Omaha wood shake or shingle roof is some type of Cedar.
  2. They have different grades, as not all wood is the same quality. You want Premium Grade Number 1 Blue Label shakes or shingles on your roof.  Don’t use anything else.  Each bundle of cedar wood shakes or shingles will have a slip of paper with those marking on them.  It will look something like this:
  3. They both can have special treatments applied to them before installation, i.e. Fire Retardant or a Preservative treatment.
  4. They both can be ordered in different lengths, which gives you different exposure areas.
  5. They both come in random widths in each bundle. One shingles or shake could be 4” wide and the next could be 10” wide.
  6. Finally, the basics of the installation are similar, i.e. if being installed over solid roof sheeting they both need to be installed over plywood not OSB.