Tips To Keep Your Home Safe From Hail Damage

Posted on: 27 February 2015

Hail is one of the most common types of storm damage that homeowners will have to repair. Typically, this type of damage will be concentrated on the roof of the structure. If left untreated, it can result in sizable obstruction to your property. Luckily, there are a couple of steps you can take to help protect your home from hail the next time a storm rolls through your area. 

Upgrade To Fiber Cement Tiles And Shingles

The type of shingles or tiles that are on your roof will play a critically important role in keeping your home safe from this type of damage. While many homeowners simply opt for asphalt shingles because they are affordable, they fail to realize that these shingles will offer little protection in the event of a major hail storm. 

Fortunately, it is possible to invest in shingles or tiles that are made from fiber cement. This type of material is highly resistant to damages resulting from impacts, and this can make it the perfect choice for preventing dents, cracks, and other types of issues from hail stones striking your roof. While this upgrade will carry a substantial cost, this added protection, coupled with its low maintenance requirements, may help your roof last for years longer than if you used traditional asphalt shingles. 

Water-Proof The Attic

Regardless of the steps that you take, it is always possible for large hail stones to cause leaks in your roof. Unfortunately, it can take homeowners a while to notice these damages. Many times, by the time that they do notice an issue, serious water damage may have occurred in the attic. In addition to causing expensive repair bills, this problem can also create structural issues for the home. 

Sadly, many homeowners do not realize that there are a few simple steps that they can take to drastically improve the durability of their home's attic. For example, it is possible to install a layer of plastic between the insulation and exterior wall. By creating an additional barrier, you can make it far more difficult for leaks to cause interior damage to your home. There are other options available, but you should have Alpen Roofing evaluate your home to determine the best approach. 

Keeping your home safe from storm damage is a major task, but if you neglect this duty, you can find yourself responsible for crushing repair bills. By following these two tips, you can help ensure that your home avoids damages the next time a strong hailstorm strikes your community.