Roof Hail Damage: Inspection Tips and Installation of Impact Resistant Material
Hail storms have caused notable damage to both commercial and domestic properties hence compromising the effective lifespan of the roofs. Today, hail storms can produce up to baseball-sized hailstones (up to 6’’ diameter). This explains the intensity of damage it can have on your roof - a larger size means more and faster damage. Other factors that contribute to the severity of the damage include the speed of the wind, direction of the hailstones, age of the roof, type of roofing material, and the type of roof. In this article, we’re going to learn how to inspect for the common signs of hail damage and probable remedies.
Inspection has been and continues to be a key strategy to identify and remedy several roofing issues. If you’ve been inspecting your roof regularly, you’ll probably have an idea of how much damage has been caused. You need to inspect the roof surface thoroughly for any signs of damage. Do not wait until you find damage to the inner part of the property. When carrying out the inspection, however, you need to be keen on your safety and those of your workers. Ensure proper fall protection, such as a wind resistant roof safety barrier, has been installed before accessing the roof.
Identifying the Signs
Some of the common signs of hail damage that should not be ignored include:
● Black mineral deposits around the downspouts. Such deposits are usually not visible to an untrained eye. If you see them, then the damage could be serious.
● Gutters not working well. Metal gutters, especially the new ones, are thin enough to easily dent when hit by the hail marbles.
● Holes in the ceiling. The hailstones won’t cause any immediate leakage, especially on new roofs. The storms will degrade the roofing material slowly over time and it may begin to leak. So, remember to always check the interior ceiling for any signs of leakage after heavy rain.
Identifying the damage signs is the first step. You need to work on finding solutions to the damage. Failure to identify the signs early enough and implement the solutions may cause larger-scale issues, and it is doubtful you'd want that for your roof. Or would you? For better results, consider seeking professional help from an experienced roofer. The expert will advise you on when it’s time to file an insurance claim. Ensure to get everything in writing for convenience and reference.
The good news is, not all roofing materials can suffer from the stubborn hail damage. There are materials capable of preventing your roof from the damage.
Impact Resistant Roofing Material
Impact-resistant roofing materials are gaining popularity among millions of businesses and homeowners across the UK. These materials are effective and can last for several decades without losing their effectiveness. They’re strong enough to resist the hail damage to the roofs. Your roofing expert will advise you on the best type of roofing material.
The Bottom Line
Rooftop repairs and replacements can drain deep into your finances, especially when not carried out on time. After you’ve identified the signs of hail damage as explained earlier, ensure to consult a professional to inspect the roof in a detailed manner and arrange for the relevant remedies as soon as possible.