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The Impact of Hail on Your Roof and How to Prevent Damage

Hailstorms are a powerful and often unpredictable force of nature that can wreak havoc on your home. They are a common occurrence in many regions, including Minnesota, and can significantly impact the integrity of your roof. At Bold North Roofing and Contracting, we understand how crucial it is to protect your home from these unpredictable forces of nature. In this article, we’ll explore the impact of hail on your roof, the signs of damage to look out for, and practical steps you can take to prevent and mitigate this damage. Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or a new property owner, we aim to provide valuable insights to keep your roof in shape.

The Destructive Power of Hail

Hailstones can vary in size from tiny pellets to large golf balls, and the damage they cause can be just as varied. Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material susceptible to hail damage. Hail can cause granule loss, creating soft spots, bald spots, and cracks. These issues affect the appearance of your roof and its functionality. The severity of damage depends on factors such as hail size, wind speed, and the duration of the hailstorm. Even small hail can compromise the integrity of your roofing materials, leading to leaks and structural issues over time.

Key Points to Consider:

  • Size Matters: Hailstones as small as 1 inch in diameter can cause significant damage. More giant  hailstones, over 2 inches, can puncture roofing materials and break skylights.
  • Wind Speed: High winds accompanying hailstorms can also be detrimental and can exacerbate the damage by driving hailstones into your roof with greater force.
  • Frequency of Storms: Areas that experience frequent hailstorms are at a higher risk of cumulative damage over time.

Common Types of Hail Damage

Understanding the types of damage hail can inflict on your roof is the first step in protecting your home. Here are some of the most common signs of hail damage:

  1. Bruised Shingles: Bruising occurs when the granules on asphalt shingles are knocked off by hail, exposing the underlying material. This can reduce the shingle’s ability to protect your roof from water.
  2. Cracked or Missing Shingles: Larger hailstones can crack shingles or even dislodge them entirely, leaving your roof vulnerable to water infiltration and further damage.
  3. Dented Metal Components: Hail impact can cause dents in metal roofs, flashing, and gutters.. While dents may seem purely cosmetic, they can lead to rust and structural weakening over time.
  4. Damage to Roof Vents and Skylights: Roof vents, skylights, and other protrusions are particularly vulnerable to hail damage. Cracks and dents in these areas can lead to leaks and energy inefficiency.

Preventing Hail Damage

While you can’t control the weather, there are proactive measures you can take to minimize the risk of hail damage to your roof. Here are some tips to help protect your home:

Regular Maintenance

  • Routine Inspections: Schedule regular roof inspections, especially after severe weather. This helps catch minor issues before they become become significant problems. Inspect your roof at least twice yearly for signs of wear and tear, and address any issues promptly.
  • Clean Gutters: Ensure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris. Cleaning your gutters and downspouts ensures proper water drainage and reduces the risk of water damage.

Upgraded Materials

  • Impact-Resistant Shingles: Consider installing impact-resistant shingles designed to withstand hail damage better than standard shingles. These shingles are tested to endure higher impacts and often come with enhanced warranties.
    Bold North offers Class 3 and Class 4 shingle options from Malarkey, which can also potentially lead to insurance premium discounts in the future. Be sure to ask your agent about these options!
  • Reinforced Flashing and Vents: Upgrade flashing and vent materials to more durable options to withstand hail impacts better.

Landscaping Adjustments

  • Trim Overhanging Branches: Trees with branches that hang over your roof can exacerbate hail damage Trim back any overhanging branches to prevent them from breaking off during a storm and causing additional harm to your roof.
  • Install Protective Barriers: Consider installing a hail guard or protective barrier over vulnerable areas like skylights and roof vents. These barriers can absorb the impact of hailstones, preventing cracks and leaks.

What to Do After a Hailstorm

Despite your best efforts, hail damage can still occur. Knowing how to respond after a hailstorm can significantly mitigate further damage and expedite repairs.

  1. Assess the Damage: Use binoculars to safely inspect your roof from the ground. Look for obvious signs of damage such as missing shingles, dents, and debris. Avoid climbing onto the roof yourself, as it may be unsafe.
    Here’s a checklist to help you identify potential issues:
Visible Granule Loss: Check gutters and downspouts for accumulated granules.
Dented or Cracked Shingles: Look for apparent dents or cracks on the shingles.
Soft Spots: Press on shingles to see if they feel soft or spongy.
Damaged Roof Vents and Skylights: Inspect roof accessories for dents or cracks.
Attic Leaks: Look inside your attic for signs of water intrusion.

 

  1. Schedule Professional Inspections: It’s wise to schedule a professional roof inspection after a significant hailstorm. While DIY inspections and minor repairs can be helpful, involving professionals in comprehensive assessments and necessary maintenance is essential. A qualified roofing contractor can identify and address damage that might not be visible to the untrained eye.
  2. Document the Damage: Take photographs of  damage to your roof, gutters, siding, and other exterior areas. This documentation will be valuable when filing an insurance claim.
  3. Contact Your Insurance Company: Report the damage to your insurance company immediately. Please provide them with the photos and a detailed account of the storm and the damage incurred. Most policies cover hail damage, but it’s essential to know the specifics of your coverage, including deductibles and claim processes.
  4. Schedule Repairs with a Professional Roofing Contractor: Choose a reputable roofing contractor like Bold North Roofing and Contracting to carry out any necessary repairs. Ensure the contractor is licensed, insured, and experienced in handling hail damage.

The Bold North Roofing Difference

At Bold North Roofing and Contracting, we pride ourselves on providing top-notch service and quality workmanship. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping you protect your home from hail damage and other weather-related threats. We offer comprehensive roofing solutions, from installation and maintenance to emergency repairs.

Why Choose Us?

  • Customer Reputation: Check out our online reviews and how they speak volumes about our commitment to excellence. See what our satisfied customers are saying and why they choose Bold North for their roofing needs.
  • Involved Ownership: Unlike many roofing companies that are owned by large corporations behind the scenes, Bold North Roofing is personally overseen by its founders, Ryan and Erik. They are hands-on with every project, ensuring your roofing job is managed with the utmost care and precision.
  • Master Elite Contractor: We are one of the top 2% of roofing contractors in the country, recognized by GAF. We can proudly offer 50-year warranties (Golden Pledge), ensuring exceptional quality, unmatched reliability, and peace of mind for decades.

Conclusion

Hailstorms are a formidable force of nature, but with the right knowledge and proactive measures, you can protect your roof and home from their damaging effects. By choosing impact-resistant materials, maintaining your roof regularly, and knowing how to respond after a storm, you can minimize the risk of hail damage and ensure the longevity of your roof.

If you need assistance with roof inspections, repairs, or new installations, Bold North Roofing and Contracting is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can safeguard your home from hail and other weather-related threats. Stay safe, stay prepared, and trust Bold North Roofing to keep your roof in peak condition.

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