Hail summer

8 thoughts on “Hail summer”

  1. We replaced our 17-year-old roof early this summer after a hail storm. The pellets were about the size of a quarter. There had been a couple of other brief hail storms in the roof’s history as well, so I thought it was time. Coincidentally, the shingles’ warranty was 17 years. Our insurance company allowed about $20,000 but deducted $3,000 for “depreciation” and another $3,000 for deductible. In the end, after getting 3 bids, I was only out of pocket about $3,000. Soon after, the houses around us in our small development also started getting new shingles as well. (One house is still being worked now.) Without exception, the work, hot and grueling, was done by Hispanic workers. It’s an industry. Who would be doing it, I wonder, if the Hispanics were gone?

    1. Assuming I read all the numbers correctly, I should just about break even on my roof. I had something called “recoverable depreciation,” which I’ve never understood. As for warranties, I’m the third owner of this house and any information on warranties is long gone. The work isn’t done yet, so I’m not sure what the final accounting will be. I think about $13,000 total. And yes, the crew looked to be all Hispanic. Common in this part of the country. Yard work, however, seems to be done mostly by Asians.

    2. Jim… I had thought this was a regional observation since I liver in Texas close to Houston, but from what you and Pied say, I’m more convinced than ever that more Republican wisdom will soon result in my not being able to afford a head of lettuce, much less a bundle of shingles.

  2. Might be the time to switch to corrugated iron roofs, many older homes in Australia in the cities and out in the bush use those, they can take a hammering. Mostly we go for tiled roofs, but then we probably don’t get as much hail as you do, or rain. Lots of sunshine though

    1. A hailstorm on an iron roof would be terrifyingly loud, I’d think. Plus they’d get dented up in every storm and look awful, wouldn’t they? And tiles would be shattered. Asphalt shingles can take quite a beating, but if the hail is big enough, it will ruin anything.

      1. Well we don’t get hail stones as big as that depicted, only the size of golf balls, Corrugated iron roofs are immensely strong and no amount of hail will dent or damage them.
        The air raid shelters we used in London during WWII were Anderson Shelters made fro corrugated iron

      2. Golf balls would be more than enough. The hail that hit my house was, I think, about quarter sized (but I suppose an Aussie would have no clue what that size is). Maybe an inch across?

... and that's my two cents