Roof damage caused by hail is common in Florida

Need Hail Help? Here’s How to Take Care of Your Roof

Hail storms? Well, they’re only getting worse — and more frequent.

“NOAA’s National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center Annual Severe Weather Report Summary reported 4,436 hail events in 2022 compared to 3,762 in 2021,” as reported by the Insurance Information Institute (III);

Consequently, it’s important to protect the part of your home that might take the brunt of their damage: your roof.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of time:

Action After the Hail Storm

After a hail storm hits, it’s important to take action quickly to assess the damage and prevent further problems.

That being said, hail damage in and of itself can be largely unpredictable, even after the fact.

“Hail falls in random patterns and therefore may only damage a few houses within a neighborhood, so your roof may have damage even if your next-door neighbor’s roof doesn’t,” Owens Corning explains.

First, schedule a roofing inspection to check your roof and exterior for any cracks, leaks, or missing shingles.

It’s also a good idea to document the damage with photos or videos, and to contact your insurance company to start the claims process.

Preparedness is Paramount

As we all know, hailstorms can be destructive and unpredictable. When they hit, they can leave your roof in shambles, resulting in costly repairs. Therefore, as a homeowner, it’s essential to prepare your roof for future hailstorms.

You can start by inspecting your roof for any signs of damage that may make it vulnerable to hailstones.

Next, ensure that your roof is well-maintained by…

  • Cleaning your gutters regularly
  • Trimming overhanging branches
  • Repairing existing leaks
  • And more

You can also consider installing impact-resistant roofing materials that can withstand hailstorms.

“You can choose impact-resistant shingles such as asphalt or a metal roofing material in a variety of popular styles,” according to State Farm. “Impact-resistant shingles resembling wood or slate that are made of concrete, plastic, recycled resin or rubber are also available in multiple colors.”

The Difference is Universal

In conclusion, after a hail storm has struck your roof it is important to take the right steps in order to ensure that you are safe and secure — and that your roofing system is properly repaired.

Taking action like cleaning up any debris, contacting local experts in the field, scheduling inspections, and making sure that your roof is prepared for future hail storms are all great ways of making sure that you are taking care of your home’s roofing system.

Last but not least, calling an expert like Universal Roof & Contracting can provide you with…

  • Expert roof repairs
  • Quality craftsmanship
  • Peace of mind
  • And more!

As hail storms can be unpredictable, understanding how to deal with the after-effects of these storms can go a long way.

Thankfully, Universal Roof & Contracting has years of experience and knowledge when it comes to dealing with hail damage on roofs. Having helped homeowners throughout Jacksonville and Central Florida for over 30 years, you can trust our team won’t rest until we know you and your forever roof are safe.

So don’t wait for the next storm to blow in. Instead, reach out to Universal Roof & Contracting today and schedule your FREE roof inspection by dialing 855-ROOF-HELP!