Powerful updrafts and storm winds volley hailstones around, often making them grow in size. Then the hailstones come falling with high velocity, causing damage or injury to just about everything they hit: cars, rooftops, people, plant life, etc. The bigger the stones, the greater the damage.
Wherever you live, you should know that hailstones are more common than you probably think. In 2018, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported there were 4,000 hailstorms in the U.S. Hail damage repair and insurance claims were in the hundred-thousands in Colorado alone, known to the locals as “Hail Alley.”
To further understand the effects of hailstorms on your roof, read on.
Hail Damage Can Be Functional or Cosmetic
With functional damage, the integrity and longevity of your roofing system, gutters and other components of your home are affected. Anything from leaks to the growth of mold can progress quickly after hailstorm-caused functional damage. Your problems might involve simple repairs or complete roof replacement and similar solutions.
Cosmetic damage does not have any long-term effect on the health of your roof, but you may still need some repairs if the damage is unsightly.
Damaged Roof Vents Can Be Hazardous to Health
Most people rush to take care of damaged shingles and gutters because those are where leaks usually form. However, you should also have your roof vents inspected immediately. Damaged vents can become dangerous due to carbon monoxide leaks. This may not be as common as roof leaks, but it’s been known to happen. Always call a professional to inspect your roof to be sure your vents are in shape. It’s also helpful to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
Regular Inspections Can Reduce Hail Damage
Hailstorms can damage just about everything they hit; make no mistake about it. However, a poorly prepared roof is more prone to severe damage. Regular inspections allow roofing contractors to spot potential problem areas and to apply whatever solutions are necessary to keep your roof healthy and make it last longer. In storm-prone areas, a professional contractor is likely to recommend a replacement if your roof is old. It may entail an investment, but a healthy roof is more likely to survive a hailstorm.
Coxco GC Inc. is the local roofer you can trust to repair your roof and file your insurance claims. Call us at (972) 441-2775 today. We offer financing and free consultation. Let’s work together in Irving, TX.