There are many issues that homeowners prepare for when it comes to roofing. Though the main considerations are usually dealing with rain and severe wind damage. One of the things you may overlook, however, is the chance for potential hail damage. If you are in an area that experiences hailstorms and those storms have been heavier in recent years, you may want to consider these three ways to reduce potential roof hail damage and expenses.
Upgrade Your Roof
If you have traditional asphalt shingles on your roof, you may want to consider upgrading to a more durable material. Asphalt shingles can be damaged by heavy hail, causing rips and holes in the asphalt. When these rips and holes are caused, water can seep in from the melting hail or from water from further rainstorms. This water can then cause wood rot and can seep into the wood. If it is during a cold weather season, you may experience the water seeping into the wood of the roofline and freezing. This can crack the wood and cause increased wood rot that will lead to costly repairs. Instead, consider rubber based roofing systems or metal roofing.
Removing Overhanging Trees
If you have a lot of tree limbs and cover over your roof, you may want to cut some of it back to prevent hail damage. Not all hail damage comes directly from the hail itself. Heavy hail can hit and damage trees causing limbs to break and fall. The fallen limbs and branches can cause damage to the roof, shingles, and even to the guttering. Debris can also fly into the guttering causing blockages and further damage from heavy hanging guttering on the roofline. If you don't want to remove the overhanging trees, consider having them pruned back and to remove dead limbs and limbs that are in danger of falling easily.
Roofing inspections may be something you only consider for selling a home or buying a home. The truth is, having a routine roofing inspection can help you prepare for a potential hailstorm and resulting damage. The inspection can let you know if you have weak areas in your roof that should be repaired or reinforced. It will also let you know if you have issues with your guttering, shingle damage, or roofline that could become costly if there is hail damage.
By keeping these three things in mind, and acting on them, you can help reduce hail damage to your roof and the expenses associated with the damage. If you are ready to have an inspection done on your roof, consider contacting a roofing contractor. They can help with pricing and scheduling as well as upgrade options to further reduce potential hail damage to your roof.