How Hail Damages a Roof
1. Damage to Shingles - While pea-sized hail may not damage your roof, larger hailstones may dent shingles, or in worse cases, leave holes and cracks. It is important never to assume that those damages are just cosmetic. If left untreated, hail damage can cause your roof to deteriorate over time and lead to leaks and water damage.
2. Loss of Granules - A common type of hail damage is missing granules. Hail can chip away at the protective coating granules that defend your shingles against UV rays. Exposed shingles weaken and age with sun damage, which drastically shortens the life of your roof at the Lake of the Ozarks.
1. Get a Roof Inspection - Before hail season even begins, you should consider getting a FREE roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks. You want to make sure there isn't anything that could make your roof particularly susceptible to hail damage. It is best to get Lake of the Ozarks roof repairs as they are found, rather than waiting for multiple parts of the roof to need repairing. Fixing it now, could prevent hail from damaging it more and costing you more in the long run.
2. Trim Back Trees - If you have any branches hanging near your roof, you should cut them back regularly. The branches could potentially fall on your home during a storm. Hail is denser than rain and it hits with more force, meaning hail can easily crack a branch. Getting rid of these branches could greatly reduce your risk of roof damage during a storm.
3. Check Your Insurance Coverage - Before spring and hail season get here, check your insurance policy to see what is covered and what your deductible is. Your insurance policy will typcially cover the cost of roof repairs, but otend times you'll have a higher deductible for wind and hail damage than you do for other types of claims.
Although hail damage isn't always easy to spot, there are some warning signs you can look for. Dents or spots on the roof, missing granules in your gutters and water spots in your attic are all signs that your roof could have hail damage. If you suspect that your roof has hail damage, contact Above & Beyond Roofing at 573-302-0354.
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