One of the most vulnerable spots on any building is the roof. One hazard most building owners can expect to face at some point is hail. As we all know, hail can hammer the Gulf Coast and when it does, the potential for damage is real. Hail storms can shatter windows, damage the building's exterior and, most important, destroy or damage the roof. One bad hail storm is all it takes to expose the weaknesses in your built up roofing system.
Built-up roofs comprise a large percentage of the commercial roofs today. The hail resistance of these roofs has been known to be substantial especially when covered with gravel. However, much debate has surfaced over the size hail needed to cause damage to such roofs as well as determining the characteristics of such damage.