Hail can be an unforgiving weather condition for your roof. It’s unpredictable, and it often leaves untraceable signs of damage. These damages slowly become severe causing water leaks, mold, and other structural destruction to your property.
This article will help you understand how hail damages your roof and how you can protect it.
How Hail Damages Your Roof?
Hailstones are frozen raindrops that can be as small as 0.2 inches or as large as 6 inches in diameter. When they fall on your roof repeatedly at a high speed, they cause both cosmetic and functional damages.
Cosmetic damage can be a small dent in metal flashing or the gutter. But only a professional will be able to tell what you are dealing with. For example, you might think a small black bruise on your roof after a hailstorm is not relevant. But that bruise will soften your shingles over time causing them to curl. You might not even notice that there’s a broken fiberglass mat underneath those bruised shingles.
In such cases, it would be recommended to hire a professional to inspect your roof for hail damages. If you detect these damages early you can save yourself a lot of money and stress.
Protecting Your Roof From Hail Damage
Unfortunately, there are no exact steps to prevent hail damage. But there are a few precautionary measures you can follow to protect your roof:
1. Trim Nearby Trees
Overgrown trees around your house can be hazardous during a hailstorm. They can break and fall on your roof causing damage to your shingles. You’ll have to make sure these trees are regularly trimmed and their branches are at least 6 feet away from your roof.
2. Install Hail Resistant Roof
If you are currently looking to replace your old roof, consider buying a hail-resistant roof. These are designed to provide better protection by withstanding different weather conditions.
And if you don’t want to replace your entire roof, you can try replacing your standard shingles with Modified Asphalt Shingles. These are made of rubberized material that prevents hail from damaging the fiberglass mat and causing premature deterioration.
3. Get Regular Inspections
Keeping your roof well-maintained plays a crucial role in preventing any damage. A professional roofer will be able to detect the smallest damages that would otherwise get worse during a hailstorm.