Protecting your Roof and your Home from Hail
As awesome as it is to live in the great state of Texas, sometimes even we have to deal with hail storms. They can strike without warning which is why it is important to always be prepared. Hail damage can be very costly. On average, the price for roof restoration after a hail storm is anywhere between $400 and $800 per 100 square feet.
It can be even more if the underlayment of your roof has become compromised in a storm. For economical and safety reasons it is imperative that you know how to best prepare your roof for storm season. As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure. Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take right now in order to safeguard your home from the ravenous elements. Take a look at the following tips for protecting your roof and your entire home from a hail storm.
Keep your Trees Tidy
One of the very first things you should do before storm season is to make sure that your trees are not overgrown. When you have heavy limbs growing over your roofline, it could mean big trouble the next time a hail storm front comes raging through. A strong storm can make short work of dry or weak branches so make sure you clear your roofline of any overhanging branches.
You should also make sure that there are no branches growing close to any windows, glass doors or skylights in your house. Glass is very vulnerable in a hail storm and the risk is compounded when you have protruding tree limbs inching close to your windows and doors. If your roof has become damaged in a hail storm, please call us here at Professional Roofing Systems as soon as you can!
Clear your Gutters
It’s a messy job but it can save you thousands of dollars in repairs during a hail storm. Having debris cluttering your gutters and downpipes is very dangerous in a hail storm.
Even if your roof goes unscathed during the actual storm, hail can settle onto your roof where it will eventually melt and seep into your gutters. If the melting hail is held up on your roofline because it can’t properly drain, it can add a lot of undue weight to the gutters and structure itself. You want a free flow of water to pass through your gutters but that is impossible if they are clogged up with debris. Cleaning your gutters regularly (especially before storm season) is an important step in protecting your home against hail-related damage.
Keep a Close Eye on your Roof
All too often, homeowners fail to pay attention to their roof until it is too late. But with a little bit of due diligence, you can prevent a major disaster on your property. Try taking a latter and putting it up against your home. Climb it, but just far enough to where you can see your roof. You don’t have to actually get on the roof. If you see any broken shingles, excessive debris or any other signs of damage, you may want to get those things fixed before the next big storm breaks.
If you have missing shingles, you should hire a professional roofing company to come and replace them with wind and impact-rated ones. You can also ask a roofing contractor to come and do a complete inspection on your roof to make sure it will hold up against a storm. Address any repairs that need to be taken care of before storm season hits. Ignoring even seemingly minor issues with your roof can cause you thousands of dollars worth of damage.
Check for Existing Leaks
Do a thorough inspection of your house to see if there are any existing leaks. Look for drywall that is discolored, smell for odors that could indicate mold and look up in your attic for pooling water and drywall and beams that are showing signs of water damage. Existing leaks will let in even more moisture into your home in a hail storm and can lead to serious problems.
What Else You Can do
When in doubt, call a professional out. If you are not sure whether or not your roof will hold up in a hail storm it is best to enlist the aid of a professional roofing contractor. Not everyone can easily spot potential weak points in their roofline and that’s ok. Here at Professional Roofing Systems, we offer full roof inspection services at a competitive price.
We want to make sure you, your home and your family are protected against the elements. If there is anything that needs to be done we will tell you about it. But what we won’t do is makeup stories about your roof needing this and that. You will get the truth from us because your trust is of chief importance to our business. Call us today at (281) 338-7663!