Hail-Damaged Roof? How Can You Prevent Further Damage And Rebuild Quickly?

When spring and summer thunderstorms pass through, high winds can sometimes fling hail onto your roof—tearing up shingles and even creating holes in the flashing beneath. Once this hail damage has been inflicted and your roof has been rendered vulnerable, you may need to act quickly to prevent moisture from spreading to the interior of your roof or even the structural beams in your home. Read on to learn more about how you can keep hail damage to your roof from spreading, as well as the repair materials you can use that make you most unlikely to suffer future hail damage. 

What should you do to keep roof damage from worsening? 

Being proactive once you realize your roof has been damaged can keep your claim from turning into an extensive (and expensive) one. Once weather conditions have cleared enough for you to safely survey your roof, you'll want to cover any exposed areas with a heavy-duty plastic tarp to prevent further moisture and debris from making its way inside. You'll also want to remove and discard any fallen branches, leaves, and torn-away roofing material to give yourself (or your roofing crew) a fresh surface with which to work when it is time to make more permanent repairs. 

What damage-proof materials should you use to replace your roof?

Filing multiple claims against your homeowner's insurance policy within a brief period of time can cause your rates to skyrocket—or even result in the cancellation of your policy. Choosing a replacement roofing material designed to stand the test of time and weather can ensure you'll go many more years without making another weather-related claim.

One of the most durable roofing materials (as well as the most resistant to hail damage) is recycled rubber. Old tires, vehicle belts, and even asphalt shingles are melted and molded to create thick, flexible rubber tiles in a variety of colors. These tiles are heavy enough to avoid being lifted or flung askew by strong winds and are soft enough to essentially be immune to hail damage. 

Another durable option that can ably resist hail damage is cedar shake. Unlike flat cedar shingles, "shake" shingles are made of Unlike flat cedar shingles, "shake" shingles are made of multiple smaller pieces of cedar molded together onto a single shingle. This cedar is resistant to insects and—although it can be dented by hail—will rarely show any visible damage due to the thickness and angle of the pieces of wood. When well cared for, cedar shake shingles can last a century or longer. 

For more information, consider contacting a professional like those at JC Roofing & Insulating.