This is an important question for many homeowners in Houston. Hail is one the biggest threats to the integrity of roofs in the area: even medium-sized hailstones can crack open shingles and tiles on a roof, allowing water to seep into the roof structure, leading to serious damage that may even require replacing the roof.
We’re the team you can turn to if you need roof repairs because of hail damage or if you think you may need to have your roof replaced entirely.
But we’d also like to help our local community avoid hail damage in the first place, so we’ll go over several ways that you can protect your roof from hail.
Install impact-resistant shingles
Some types of roofing materials are more easily damaged by hailstones than others. The standard asphalt tiles found on most roofs don’t hold up well against hail. The best material to install to avoid hail damage is impact-resistant shingles.
These shingles are different from conventional asphalt shingles in that they have a special coating to make them more durable. The most powerful type of impact-resistant shingles are Class 4 impact shingles, which can handle the impact of 2” diameter hailstones. We frequently install Class 4 impact shingles for our customers, so feel free to call us to find out more about them.
Replace easily damaged roofs with stronger material
If you have the option to completely replace your roof, we recommend you replace a metal or tile roof. Metal roofs dent easily under hailstones, and tile will often shatter. If you do replace the roof, ask us about the range of materials that will hold up best to hail. (Again, we recommend Class 4 impact shingles.)
You may also wish to replace your current roof with a steeper-sloped one. Low-sloped and flat roofs are easier targets for hail, which strikes them straight on rather than at an angle with a steep-slope roof.
Trim the trees near your home
During a hail storm, the hail isn’t the only object that can damage your roof. Hail storms often break off branches from trees that will fall onto roofs and damage them. If you keep the tree branches trimmed and away from the roof, you’re less likely to have this problem.
Install impact-rated skylights
If you have skylights on your roof, they can present a major weakness when it comes to hailstones. You can have special impact-rated skylights to replace your older ones. We work with all types of roofing accessories, including skylights, so ask us about the different options.
Always call professionals for hail damage repair
After a hailstorm, inspect your roof to see if you notice any damage from hailstones. If you see impact points or cracked shingles, call for professionals to repair the damage. This is the best way to ensure more damage doesn’t occur.
To get started with hail resistant shingles in Houston, TX and other ways to help protect your roof, just call our team.
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