If you live in an area that is prone to thunderstorms, there is a fairly good chance that you will see hail several times through the year. While small hailstones are no big deal, you will definitely start to get nervous as a homeowner when the balls of ice grow bigger. Hail stones can get as large as softballs in some regions of the country, and this is bound to be damaging to your asphalt shingle roof. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prevent hail damage to your roof as a homeowner. Here are three easy things you can do to make your shingled roof more resilient to hail.
Make sure your roof is well maintained.
As long as your newer roof is properly installed with quality materials, it will be fairly resilient to hailstones even if they are large. However, as the shingles start to break down with age and show signs of wear, there is a higher likelihood of even smaller hailstones causing damage. To ward off the damage of hail, it is always best to ensure your roof does not have any pre-existing damage before storm season rolls around by having a qualified professional take a look.
Have your roof coated with liquid roofing polymers.
There are liquid roofing products specifically formulated to add a layer of protection to shingled roofs. This product is commonly applied to roofs that have a lot of age on them and are starting to break down. However, the products are also helpful as protection against hailstones because it offers an added layer of shock absorbency to your roof. You can usually buy the products and apply them yourself, but a contractor can also do this and save you the added trouble.
Install rigid roof sheathing on the underside of your roof.
A roof covered with shingles is only as durable as the materials beneath it. Therefore, if the underlying sheathing is weak or flexible, it can mean that the shingles will flex deeper and further when pounded with a heavy object like a hailstone, so they will be more likely to sustain substantial damage. You can add an extra layer of sheathing to the underside of your roof from the attic to give it more stability. As an added bonus, the change will also make your home a little more energy efficient.
For more information, contact local hail damage roofing repair professionals.