If you have a hail and wind storm on its way, depending on the size of the hail and how strong the wind is, it can cause damage to things like your roof and windows. Keep reading so you can learn how prevent this damage from happening to your home.
Protect the Roof
The roof is one of the first things hail can damage, especially if the roof already has damage or needs to be replaced. Ask a roofing contractor to come to your home to look over your roof to make sure it is in good condition. They will look for things like missing or loose roofing tiles. If found, the roofing contractor can repair these problems for you.
They will look for problems with shingles in the roof valleys. This is because rain and snow flow through the valleys and into the gutters. If the valley is compromised, it could result in roof leaks, because water could get stuck there and not flow into the gutters. The contractor will look for shingle granules in the gutters. Shingles lose a lot of granules when they get older. Both of these things are signs that your roof should be replaced.
When replacing your roof, you should make sure the shingles are impact resistant. According to Underwriters Laboratories, shingles are rated as Class 1, 2, 3, or 4, with 4 being the strongest to resist hail damage. Talk with your roofing contractor and ask them what class roofing shingles they are using to make sure they are a Class 4.
If it is hailing and there is strong wind, the hail can blow against your windows and break them. To take care of this problem, you can install impact resistant windows. Impact resistant windows have glass that is laminated. One type is glass that has multiple layers of PRB (polyvinyl butyral) between two sheets of glass. The glass is then tempered to increase the strength. If you are worried about very heavy wind, there is stronger impact resistant windows known as glass-clad polycarbonate or PET laminated glass. The glass is attached to the window frame using a structural silicone sealant.
It is important that the window frames are in good condition and strong. The best frames are made of metal, wood, or vinyl and have reinforcement and stiffeners, which makes them much stronger when compared to standard window frames.
If you notice any kind of wind or hail damage after a storm, contact your insurance company immediately. For more information, contact a company like Wolfe's Contracting.