Your roof’s likely to suffer some form of damage after an extreme weather event like thunderstorms and hailstorms. In most cases, roof damage is caused by the sheer force and blunt impact of wind and hail. You can, however, take a few measures to lower the chances of your roof getting damaged.
Trim Overhanging Tree Limbs
Although the sheer force of gale-force winds can dislodge a few shingles, it’s usually the debris carried by the wind that causes most of the damage. Trimming overgrown tree branches before they’re knocked off by wind or hail can help prevent damage to your roof.
Use Hail- And Wind-Resistant Roofing Materials
After getting rid of the risk posed by nearby trees, you need to make sure your roofing material won’t be easily blown away by wind uplift. You can ask your local roofing contractor about the wind speeds in your area and ask for recommendations regarding roofing materials rated for wind speeds.
You also need to ensure your roof is durable enough to withstand hailstones. Combined with wind, hailstones can turn into projectiles that can easily puncture holes in a roof. Using hail-resistant material can mitigate potential damage.
Metal roofing is a viable choice for most homeowners; contrary to popular belief, metal roofs are able to handle most grades of hail with ease. They only tend to suffer dents in particularly severe hailstorms.
Schedule Periodic Roof Inspections
Your roof is likely to suffer further damage if there are already preexisting cracks on it. By conducting periodic roof inspections, contractors can find and fix relatively minor signs of damage before they’re aggravated by gradual wear and tear, or extreme weather events.
It’s also a good idea to have your roof inspected after an extreme weather event. Punum Roofing of Houston, Inc., is the highest rated roofer in the state. We offer a wide range of general roofing services as well as more specialized ones like hail damage roof repairs. For inquiries, call us at (713) 244-5530, or send us a message on this form.