Is Your Roof Ready For Spring?

19134667_sSpring has sprung, and with it comes more sunny days, blooming flowers, and higher temperatures. Unfortunately, spring also brings heavy rains and hailstorms.

When a hailstorm lands, it drops hundreds of balls of frozen ice which, can range from the size of a pea to a softball. These falling hazards can cause significant damages to cars, homes, and commercial properties resulting in millions of dollars in repairs.

Your roof is the first part of your home that comes in contact with severe weather, and protects the rest of the structure from damage. If your roof fails, your entire home is at risk for all kinds of destruction, not to mention potential injury to you or your family. With spring already underway, it is important to familiarize yourself with the roof on your home and make sure it is hailstorm ready.

Metal: A metal roof is lightweight and will last for a long time. While you can purchase a metal product for your roofing that is rated to withstand the impact of hail, all metal roofing will likely sustain some dings and dents as a result of a hailstorm.

Asphalt shingles: A roof made from asphalt shingles is versatile, easy to install, and inexpensive. This is a preferred material for many homeowners because of these reasons. Asphalt shingles are also impact resistant and will provide moderate protection during a hailstorm

Tile: A tile roof will provide significant protection during a hailstorm. The tiles are typically long-lasting, solid, and heavy-duty. However, the tile material is porous and requires a well-sealed material be installed underneath to protect from heavy rain

Slate: High-quality slate will last longer than pretty much any other roofing material. It is a very strong and substantial material and will provide significant protection from hail.

After a long, hard winter the last thing your roof needs is a hailstorm. However, if one or two of them should come along this spring make sure that your roof is ready. Take a minute to walk the perimeter of your home and check your roof for missing, worn, or damaged parts and have them fixed before the hail arrives.

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