When You Get Hit By Hail!

Avoid letting hail damage affect the value and safety of your home. 

The most important thing is to keep calm when a hail storm hits. Hail might be a dangerous weather condition, but it doesn’t have to be a death sentence for your roof. When the storm stops, the first thing you can do is check around the home to ensure the hail did not cause any holes in roof accessories such as vents. The second step is to call a professional, that will examine your roof’s current situation and overall shape, provide a quote, and layout a clear, concise plan before getting started. More often than not, repairs work after hail tends to be highly localized, but this depends on a variety of things, such as wind direction and roof pitch.  

What the hail can you do if bad weather is on the horizon?

When it comes to Austin and Central Texas, hail can be a common and unwelcome sight. At least common enough to plan for it, especially if it already struck you once. Preparing your roof for future hail storms will save money on further repairs when hail unavoidably strikes again, and if you are going to have workers on your roof, you might as well cover all bases in a single go.

One of the most common and reliable methods to condition a roof to resist hail is to opt for heavier duty steel roof vents and impact-resistant premium skylights instead of acrylic / plastic skylights. You can also choose an impact-resistant shingle or metal roofing. Metal roofing can withstand even the heaviest assaults, unlike ceramics or other more common materials. This makes metal roofing the ideal shield to prevent any hail damage, and in the rare cases that hail is strong enough to affect it, you won’t suffer from much structural damage.

How do I choose a roofing company?

The best practice is to call a roofing contractor that comes highly recommended by friends, family, or co-workers. Avoid letting solicitors and door knockers get up on your roof. Do not fall prey to fly by night companies. Their only incentive is to tell you that you need a new roof automatically and not necessarily provide an honest assessment or service. Calling your insurance claims number on your policy is also a good plan if you believe the hail was large enough to have compromised the roof’s integrity or if your contractor has confirmed for you that the roof is compromised. This can happen from ping pong to golf ball size hail, or sometimes smaller if the density and velocity of the hail is extremely strong. 

Unfortunately, hail isn’t going anywhere, but you can condition your roof for it. If hail has already struck you once, make sure to prepare for the next round.

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