Leaks are common results of roof damage. Damage to the attic and ceiling from a leak can lead to mold growth, threatening your home's structural stability. Wind and hail are the most common causes of roof damage, while other elements might also be to blame.
Like high winds and torrential rainfall, hail storms cause millions of dollars in property damage yearly in the United States. Recent reports reveal that annual hail losses average 8-14 billion USD annually and affect over 6 million properties.
For many property owners, nothing is more terrifying than the prospect of roof repair. The roof is designed to withstand harsh weather. However, it can still be damaged, especially by hail.
What Damage Does Hail Do to Your Roof?
The effects of hail damage can be minimal, like a few leaks, or catastrophic, like the building being destroyed. And the damage can spread rapidly if not contained.
Many weeks after, the shingles suffer daily damage from the sun's harmful rays since they hit the exposed surfaces directly.
Soon it will be winter. Damaged shingles can crack in colder climes, allowing water to seep through very small openings. When shingles lose a lot of granules, they might curl at the edges and be more easily torn off by high winds.
Years afterward, as granules peel off, shingles lose their waterproofing properties. Water seepage into attics, storage areas, and utility closets can cause electrical problems and inventory losses. If leaks aren't fixed quickly, the surrounding wood may rot or become contaminated with mold, resulting in temporary business shutdowns until the damaged areas can be torn down and replaced.
As time passes, the asphalt layer beneath the tiles becomes brittle. Temperature changes cause the shingle to expand and shrink, putting more strain on damaged spots.
How to Protect our Roof from Hail Damage
When a hail storm is particularly intense, it might cause damage to your roof. A roof's structural integrity can be compromised over time when ice chunks hit the shingles at high speeds and cause physical damage to different areas.
How can you prevent roof damage? Here are some tips:
Consult a Professional Hail Repair Service
Homeowners should have a professional roof assessment once a year. Regular inspections will allow you to discover any issues early on before they become costly repairs.
During a thorough roof inspection, your contractor may examine its structure and ensure no weak spots. They may check the flashing and other components to ensure your roof hasn't sustained any major damage from hail and won't in the future. Roofs with defective flashings are more likely to be broken into.
Once they’re done with the inspection and provided a report, the professional hail repair service can protect the roof from further hail damage by taking the appropriate steps after a free inspection and report have been completed. Taking potentially dangerous precautionary actions on your roof is not something we recommend.
Invest in Hail-Resistant Roofing Materials
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Selecting a roofing material resistant to hail strikes is the first defense against roof damage. Hail storms are notoriously hard to forecast, which makes it tough to select a roofing material that is immune to harm. While huge hailstones can inflict significant damage, some materials are more resilient than others.
A roofing contractor can help you decide which roofing material is ideal for your home if you reside in an area prone to hail storms but are still determining what kind of protection it will provide. For instance, they can ensure the roofing material has a Class 3 or UL2218 Impact Rating, regarded as the national standard for roof impact resistance. Professionals in this field will be able to advise you on the best roofing material to use for protection from hail storms.
Replace Damaged Shingles
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When a shingle falls off, your roof becomes vulnerable to the elements, particularly wind and rain. Wind can get under surrounding shingles and cause additional damage. Rain can get into the area where the shingle is missing.
Any shingles that are damaged or missing must be replaced right away. A broken shingle has a high probability of breaking free. And if it is entirely absent, your home will be completely exposed.
Roof repairs for minor damage are easier to investigate than larger ones.
How do you know if your roof needs replacement: Watch out for these signs:
- The edges of the shingle are curling
- Bald spots where granules are missing
- Shingles are cracked, curled, or dry
- The roof is over 20 years old (shows signs of aging or is sagging)
- There are several exposed or loose nail heads
- You notice several missing shingles
Trim Your Trees and Shrubs
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Problematic tree limbs can cause damage to your home, car, or even your neighbor's property. Trimming the trees on your property is an excellent way to protect your roof and windows.
Property owners frequently allow their trees and shrubs to grow to the point where they touch the house. After all, trimming overgrown shrubs and tree limbs requires effort, time, and money. These landscaping features, however, become problematic when they come into contact with the roof.
It's advisable to prune trees and shrubs as soon as you notice them extending toward your home. You want to keep dead trees and limbs from falling on your house. Strong winds during storms can break overhanging tree limbs, causing them to fall on and damage your roof.
Check for Signs of Damages
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Hailstones often crack the protective coating on shingles, hastening the deterioration of the shingles hit. The impact loosens the granules on the shingles, which then get washed away in the next rain. Curled, damaged, or missing shingles make your roof susceptible to harm. Without intervention, these issues can be unnoticeable for months or even years.
Check the condition of your roof after a storm by using this inspection checklist for hail damage.
Roof damage may be present if any of the following have been damaged by a hail storm:
- Drip Pipes for ACs
- Glass panes
- Fences (check for splatter marks)
Assessing storm damage may seem easy if you walk outside and glance at things from ground level, but a more in-depth look is needed to ensure nothing is missed.
Taking good care of your roof will keep you safe from major damage. Make certain that any storm or hail damage is repaired as soon as possible. Most importantly, schedule regular roof inspections and hire a roof repair company to repair and maintain any roof damage caused by storms and other weather conditions.