The idea of a hail storm hitting your room anytime soon may seem laughable. But with fall finally here, the odds of a storm wreaking havoc on your roof in the next couple of months isn’t too far fetched.
While it may not be possible to judge the exact amount of damage that a hail storm could cause your roofing shingles, there are myriad ways in which you can help protect your roof from an oncoming storm.
Have professional roofers take a look before the storm hits
Roofs should be inspected at least twice a year even when you have heavy duty roofing shingles like class 4 shingles. Because winter lasts up to three months with the cold chill lasting even longer, it’s essential to have your roof inspected before the average day takes a frosty turn.
This is because preventative action helps to keep a roof intact. You won’t have to worry as much about potential water leaks, gaps in your shingles, or interior damage to your home is your roof is ready for the impact of a hail storm.
Professional roofers will be able to give detailed observations and recommendations regarding repairs as well as your roof’s life expectancy. This is far more efficient than simply standing outside your home and looking for curling or damaged roofing shingles after a storm.
Keep the trees, shrubs, and gutters maintained
Hail is only one thing you have to worry about falling on your roof during the winter. If your trees or shrubs aren’t well-trimmed and maintained throughout the year, a strong gust of wind can send a branch down onto your asphalt shingles or even into your windows. Add hail stones in the mix and the odds of those branches breaking only increases.
Additionally, you’ll want to be sure that your gutters and drainpipes are clean. Any debris or leaves that could be causing your water drainage to clog can result in water damage to your roof on top of hail damage.
Inspect the inside of your attic or topmost floor
While your professional roofing contractors take a look at the outside of your roof before winter, do an additional inspection on the interior walls surrounding the roof as well. If there are any gaps in the shingles or if leaking water has made its way through and into the insulation, you’ll be able to tell.
Look for stains, spots, damp areas, and daylight making its way through the ceiling. You’ll want to have this fixed before a storm immediately to keep the wind and ice from causing damage to the inside of your house.
Preparing your roof for the potential damage of a hail storm is essential. To help keep your roof intact, have professional roofers inspect it before winter or a snowstorm. The more prepared you are, the more likely you’ll be able to prevent serious damage.