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A Homeowner’s Guide to Preventing Hail Damage to Your Roof

Alberta is the hail capital of Canada and is often a prime target for extreme weather events. In July 2021, a massive hailstorm caused 247 million dollars in insured damages for residents in Calgary. Homeowners' biggest concern is the safety of their homes in situations like these. Damages from hail can wreak havoc on a roof, leading to other problems like leaks, moisture issues, etc.

So, you may wonder how I can prevent the roof from damage caused by hail? If so, keep reading! We compiled some tips on how you can protect your home below. 

Identify Issues With a Roof Inspection

Unfortunately, it's impossible to secure your roof completely against hail damage. But, there are ways to spot potentially dangerous areas on your roof. A trusted roof inspector can identify weaknesses and vulnerabilities during annual inspections. 

We at Ebenezer Roofing conduct inspections that search for:

  • Roof leaks
  • Wind damage
  • Skylight vulnerabilities
  • Ice damming

Once you identify and repair these smaller issues, you can prevent significant problems from developing after a hailstorm.

 

Using Impact-Resistant Roof Materials

Using weak or low-quality roof materials can often increase your chances of a damaged roof. Usually, when it hails, high wind speeds make it fall faster. As a result, hail can sometimes move at speeds between 25-56 kilometres per hour. 

So, how can you protect your roof from these high speeds? One solution is to install a new roof with impact-resistant materials. Roofing materials are divided by classes, with classes 3 and 4 being the best at resisting hail damage. Class 3 is rated as taking a hit from 20' with a 1.5-inch steel ball and not crack. Class 4 is the highest after taking a hit from 20' with a two-inch steel ball and not cracking

For example, Euroshield rubber roofing is engineered to be extremely durable, resistant to hail, and low maintenance. All their roofing product is classified as Class 4. This means their roofing materials hold up well in hailstorms. They can last up to 30 to 50 years with little or no maintenance.

Another option is to use algae-resistant shingles with advanced polymers from Malarkey. The shingles are made from high-grade asphalt with polymers and upcycled materials. They respond well to extreme weather, resistance to high levels of impact and tears, and resist wind, rain, and algae.  Also has a Class A fire rating. With a class rating of 3 and 4, they hold up well against wind and hailstorms.

 

Trimming Tree Branches

Homeowners often neglect to trim shrubs and trees, allowing them to grow and touch the house. This can cause problems because a hailstorm could cause tree limbs and dead trees to collapse on your driveway and house. 

 

You may think a tree limb cannot cause severe damage to your roof, but it can. A tree can bring down your entire house. So, monitor your trees and shrubs closely as the weather gets warmer. If you see any red flags, take steps to trim your tree branches and shrubs.

 

Find a Skilled Team to Repair Your Roof

Even if you follow all these tips, there's no guarantee it can completely prevent your roof structures from being damaged. So, it's critical to have a backup plan just in case. 

 

If your roof is impacted by hail damage, contact us to repair it! Ebenezer Roofing offers top-quality services to protect and repair your roof from hail damage. Get in touch with us today to get the repairs you need!

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