Hailstorms, just like volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, and tornadoes, are forces of nature and not something we can stop from happening.
Unlike regular rainfalls, hailstorms can cause serious damage to your roof, faster – especially if the hailstone is big in size.
There’s no way you can actually prevent your roof from being damaged from the impact, but the best you can do is minimize the potential damage and protect your roof. The last thing you want is a damaged roof with water leaking into your home.
Here are some useful ways you can protect your roof from serious hail damage:
Conduct regular roof inspections. Carrying out routine roof inspections before the rainy season could help significantly in minimizing the possible hail damage. When you have your roof checked by professionals, they can easily spot vulnerabilities or minor problems; and straightening out these problems right away is very important. Hailstones can just worsen the condition of a roof that’s already damaged.
Consider replacing your roof. For some, this may sound like an impractical and costly move, but if you really think about it, it could save you from major headaches. There are some roof materials that are particularly vulnerable to hail storms, such as tile roofs, clay roofs, wood shingles, and slate roofs. Tile roofs and clay roofs, for example, can actually break due to strong impact from the hailstones. In replacing your roof, you may want to consider metal roof or rubberized asphalt roof. The metal roof will give you excellent protection, although it has a tendency to dent. Rubberized asphalt roof will flex upon impact and can withstand hailstorms.
Always leave the job in the hands of the professionals. It might seem a simple installation from your perspective – just putting shingle after shingle. But roof contractors actually have a strategic pattern they follow in placing each shingle to make the roof more resistant to damage. So if you have not had proper training in roof installation, it would be best to let the experts handle the job.