Now that Labor Day has passed, it is, unfortunately, time to think about the cold weather that’s coming around the corner. As much as we may not want to prepare for the cold weather while the sun is still shining, it is imperative for any homeowner to prepare their house against damage from ice, sleet, and hail.
One of the best ways to do so is to focus on your roof. Your roof is the first part of your home that is exposed to the elements, so it pays to really reinforce it against damage of any kind. Here are some of the best roof maintenance steps any homeowner can take to protect against hail damage on their roof.
- First look for any pockets of existing damage
If you already have damage on your roof, it will only get worse during a storm. So take a few hours and give your roof a good look for any missing shingles, sagging gutters, or signs of water damage in your wall or ceiling like peeling paint or bubbles in wallpaper. Any or all of these signs mean you have an existing problem, so call a roof repair company right away.
- Check the roof flashing
A roof’s flashing is the thin pieces of metal that prevents the passage of water from a joint. If the flashing is in a state of bad repair, such as sagging, peeling, or if it is gone altogether, water can easily penetrate the roof and enter your home.
- Look into a metal roof
Investing in a metal roof is one of the best things you can do for the structural soundness of your home. This is because metal roofing can protect your home from up to a 140 mph wind rating, so you won't have to worry about shingles tearing off or hail penetrating the roof's weak spots.
- Add extra insulation in the attic
When hail melts on your roof, you are left with pools of water that can cause ice dams. You'll need extra insulation so heat doesn't escape and causes the hail to melt and the refreeze.
Protect against hail damage to your roof and follow these simple preventative steps today. You'll have nothing to worry about when the next storm comes, and your roof will thank you!