The idea of hail damage hitting your Denver CO roof is completely terrifying. Unfortunately, things are just about to get much worse in the future. Because of the continuing events leading to global warming, hailstorms are getting stronger and more violent. In turn, you can expect extremely massive hailstorm damage in the near future.
Down to Earth has an excellent explanation about how hailstorms occur. In addition, it explains how global warming will increase the intensity of hailstorms in the near future.
Why do severe and localised hailstorms occur and what are the underlying processes?
Hail is produced in strong convective storms with long-lasting deep clouds that have large amounts of moisture and intense currents of rising air. Hailstorms over India are usually a summer phenomenon or limited to mountainous regions. This is because strong convective storms form when the air is lifted by multiple mechanisms including higher temperatures (in summer), mechanical rising (over mountains).
The lifting of air (convection) causes unstable air, which is one of the main factors leading to the formation of a storm. Convective storms allow for hailstones to grow as the hailstones repeatedly rise and fall within the cloud by moving between regions of rising and falling air. Once the hailstones grow sufficiently big, their weight overcomes the force of the rising air and they fall out of the cloud.
How will global warming affect the occurrence of intense hailstorms in the near future?
Global warming leads to warmer atmosphere, which can hold higher amounts of moisture. Increased quantities of moisture in the air in a warmer future can lead to heavier rain or hail precipitation during an individual storm. Some studies have found a correlation between frequency of reported hail damage and rising temperature over some parts of the world. But we need more scientific research to understand how the occurrence and intensity of hailstorms will change over India in the future with rising temperature. (Read entire post)
Luckily, you can help prepare your roof and possibly minimize hailstorm damage by taking the right precautions. As we're living in the 21st century, we can predict hailstorms weeks in advance before it even hits. However, scientists admit that hailstorm forecasts are quite difficult to perform and do not have accurate storm readings.
Futurism has a great feature on how meteorologists use technology and advanced methods to predict hailstorms before they arrive.
The Advanced Hailstorm Prediction Technology In Existence
Hail is one the most costly types of adverse weather. Every year, it causes billions of dollars of damage destroying roofing, homes, and crops in the U.S. alone. Now, a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters has identified a way to predict major hailstorms up to three weeks before they occur.
The research was carried out by Northern Illinois University meteorologist Victor Gensini alongside John Allen of Central Michigan University. The pair established a strong relationship between jet stream patterns over the Pacific Ocean and the frequency of hailstorms in the U.S., building from their previous work forecasting tornadoes.
Data on hail quantities taken from national storm data recorded between 1979 and 2016 was compared to changes to the Global Wind Oscillation (GWO) index. The GWO is a body of climate and weather data that scientists use to capture the presence of tropical moisture and energy in the atmosphere. These factors combined increase the probability that storms may ultimately evolve into tornadoes. (Read full post)
So, which roofing material can withstand the future of much more devastating hailstorms? You will want to choose a cost-effective, exceptionally strong, and long-lasting roofing material. Inevitably, you'll have to make an investment. However, the returns on your investment are definitely exceptional especially in the light of the worsening hailstorm damage your roof may likely encounter in the future.
Boral Roof has an excellent explanation and list of excellent roofing materials you can use. Read the excerpt to know more below.
Four Roofing Materials Capable of Withstanding Hailstorm Damage
Over the past couple decades, energy efficiency performance has become a primary focus in roofing. Reduced energy costs are more important to homeowners than ever before, and the roofing industry has made great strides in this area of performance. However, the main purpose of a roof is still to provide a solid weather barrier from the elements. Concerns are also mounting over climate change and the monumental weather events – severe droughts, wildfires, melting permafrost, warmer temperatures, coastal and valley flooding and power outages – that accompany it.
When selecting a roofing material for a new home or community, builders should account for regional climate and identify the weather conditions most likely to occur. Storms, fire, hail, snow and wind are all significant challenges for any roofing material. Make sure to review the resiliency performance of each roofing option to ensure that the product selected will resist the conditions the home is likely to face in the future.
Four common roofing materials – clay tile, concrete tile, stone-coated steel, and composite slate and shake – each provide different weather protections and resiliency benefits. (Read entire post)
A roofing material's capability is just 50% of its performance. The other 50% relies on a roofer's capability to install it in the best possible way. You definitely need the finest Denver CO roofing contractors with decades of experience and knowledge to help you. Roper Roofing is Denver CO's go-to roofing contractor. We can help you with your hailstorm damage repairs, replacement, and storm damage claims. Contact us today to know more.