Tips in Protecting Your Roof from Hail Damage
One of the biggest challenges that you have to deal with as a homeowner in Texas is the weather – the harsh rains, strong winds, intense heat, and occasional hail storms. Hail can potentially lead to severe roof damages, or even worse, replacement.
Below are some of the effects of hail damage to your roof — all of which could lead to leaks, molds, decay, and other worst case scenarios.
- Shingle Damage – Although most shingles used here in Texas are made of asphalt, which is considered as strong material, they are still likely the first part of the roof to get damaged.
- Missing Granules – Granules protect the roof from UV rays exposure. When they are missing or decrease, this leads to premature decay of the shingles.
- Cracks Develop in Asphalt Surfacing, Exposes and Fractures Fiberglass Mat – Strong winds can blow shingles back and cause cracks. Granules found in asphalt surface roofs may break away from the fiberglass mat. This may also cause fractures to the fiberglass mat which most likely develop damage lessening the roof shingles’ lifespan.
To help protect your roof from the above mentioned damages, here are some actions that you can take.
- Conduct a Routine Inspection – Possibly done annually, quarterly, or after a strong storm hits, you can create a check list for you and your family to make sure that all the nooks and crannies of your house are free from holes, molds, or leaks. Watch out for dark or brown spots on ceilings as these are signs of water damage. Also, make sure to check for the damp spots located near fire places. You can also lift your furniture once in a while to see spots usually hidden which can also hide the brewing damage in your home.
- Have Experts Take a Look at Your Roof – Not all hail damages are visible to the untrained eye. Hence, it is still ideal and not to mention safer to have experts assess your roof once in a while.
- Regularly Clean Gutters – This is not only for hail. You can save a lot on repairs if you keep your gutters and downpours clear from leaves and other forms of debris.
- Consider Rigid Roof Sheathing – These provide additional support to shingles as flexible sheathings might bring more damage.