Hail storms can be common in the Northern part of the U.S. and they can cause major damage to anything that is exposed to the elements. Hailstones of any size can dent your roof or puncture completely through, causing leaks during future storms. If your roof has been damaged by hail, there are some important steps to perform to keep your home safe.
Roof Materials That Help Prevent Hail Damage
Rubber roofing is one of the best solutions for hail-prone areas. Rubber is a material that can hold its shape after a big impact and keep your roof intact for longer. Rubber roofs can also withstand temperature swings and are more eco-friendly. Many rubber materials are made from recycled tires.
Homeowners may not think that metal roofs are a good option during a hail storm. Metal roofs are prone to denting, but they are resistant to punctures that can lead to leaks. Metal is fairly impact-resistant, so hail damage is very limited.
Asphalt shingles are a popular material for residential homes, but they are also durable and impact resistant. This does not mean that they are completely resistant to being damaged by hail. Class 4-rated asphalt shingles will be the most dent resistant for your home.
What To Do Right After The Hail Storm
After a hail storm, you should check your roof for noticeable dents or loosened shingles or tiles. Once it is safe and clear outside, you may also want to climb on the roof to better inspect the damage. This will also give you a better perspective to file an insurance claim and take photos. Inspecting your roof by yourself after the storm will give you an idea of how much damage has occurred before you have a professional replacement.
Making An Insurance Claim
The next important step is to file an insurance claim and see if your insurance will cover the cost of repairs. Your insurance company will want to see photos of the damage when the storm occurred, and if your roof is under warranty. You may also need to provide other information like the age of your home, and insurance policy number, or even call and speak to a person at the insurance company about how to proceed.
Have Regular Roofing Inspections
Even before hail storms or before your roof is damaged by hail, having regular roof inspections will help you catch repairs before they become detrimental. Inspections from a roofer will help ensure that you avoid roof collapse, leaks, and mold growth in your roof. These inspections keep your home safe and healthy.
A proper inspection will include looking at the structural integrity of the roof, how the material is holding up in the weather, and if problems are occurring inside the home. A thorough check of all of these elements will ensure that roofers don’t overlook any hidden damage. During inspections, roofers may be able to perform small repairs and seal holes. This can save you time or money in the long run.
Regular Cleanings From A Professional
Similarly to inspections, having your roof cleaned will prevent deterioration and weakened materials that may be damaged by hail. Cleanings can help prevent debris from pushing up under your tiles and shingles and leading to leaks. Cleaning can also help spot weak points in your roofing materials and give you a head start on getting them repaired. Having weak spots repaired before a hail storm is an important step for keeping your home safe.
Roofing Services From Lifetime Roofing
Our company takes pride in helping your home last for a lifetime. Our roof materials and roof maintenance packages will help protect your investment and keep harmful weather conditions out of your home.
Lifetime Roofing offers different roofing materials so that you can find the best one for your home and keep it from being damaged by hail. We work quickly and over competitive pricing, so you know you are getting the best. With locations in North Salt Lake, Layton, and Park City, we can serve homes efficiently across the state.