Hail damage can seriously damage cars, windows, roofs and just about anything caught in its path. Even people can be hurt, and potentially hospitalized, if pelted by hail in a severe storm. If you live in a part of the country that sees hail frequently, you need to be aware of the conditions that cause hail and properly safeguard your roof from potential damage.
Tips to Protect Your Roof From Hail Damage
Roofing is not meant to be a do-it-yourself job. If you know how to replace coverings, it’s one thing but if you don’t, you should contact a roofing expert. If you’re not sure your roof is up to par when dealing with potential roof damage, have a roofer come out and inspect your roof. From there, they can give you details on what products work best for your roof and the area you live in.
If you opt to replace your roof, you want to ensure they have at the minimum a Class 4 rating. Class 4 rating means that during testing of the product, it did not crack when hit by a two-inch steel ball. While this isn’t foolproof, it can go a long way to prevent damage during a hailstorm. Also check with your insurance policy covering hail damage, it may require you to have a specific class of roof covering.
Tips to Protect You During a Hailstorm
During a hailstorm, you want to stay inside. Hail itself can cause bruising, depending on its size. You want to stay away from all windows and skylights in heavy hail, because hailstones can cause the glass to shatter. Close your blinds, drapes and other window coverings to help absorb the glass if it does break due to hail.
After the hailstorm, you want to look at your roof. In some cases, you’ll see potential damage. In others, you won’t. If you’ve been hit by a severe hailstorm, have a roofer come out and look at it. That way you know for sure whether you need to take steps to fix your roof before the next storm. Ignoring potential hail damage can have long-lasting consequences for your roof and home. If you’re in the Denver roofing market, Roofcorp can offer you a free roof estimate after any hailstorm.