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Metal Roofing: Dealing With Hail Damage

July 10, 2015

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One of the worst environmental enemies to any roofing system is hail. While a metal roofing system will stand up to severe hail better than other systems, inspections and repairs should be done immediately following a hail storm.

Most metal roofing systems are accredited with UL 2218 Class IV Impact Resistance. This is the highest level of impact resistance for metal roofing and as roofing ages, it doesn’t lose its impact resistance. It will be as resistant to hail in 20 years as it is today, with all other factors being equal.

Whether a metal roofing system is completely flat or textured, it will ensure a hail storm in the same way. Depending on the size of the hail, metal roofing will receive some indentations, which are typically not big issues. If various components of the roofing system are compromised, small repairs may be necessary.

Dents and punctures will be the most evident issues after a hail storm, but there are other less obvious signs of damage that only a professional will notice. The extreme vibration that accompanies a hail storm can loosen metal components and compromise the integrity of the roof.

Replacing Your Roof After A Hail Storm

If you have an existing roofing system that isn’t metal and has been severely damaged by hail, a metal roof installation by a company like WaterTight Roofing can be your long term answer to ensuring the safety and sustainability of your property.

Not all insurance companies will cover damaged caused by hail and other environmental factors, so making the best long term choice for your storage facility or other commercial facility makes financial sense. A metal roofing system will stand up to hail storms, and even the worst hail storms will not warrant a complete metal roof replacement.

A proper inspection following a hail storm will ensure that all leaks and damage from leaks are addressed and repaired. While it’s important to address dents, punctures, and other structural compromises, water damage sustained during these exposures can be just as damaging is not immediately addressed.

Lots of the damage a roof receives as part of exposure to the elements is cumulative and builds up over time. Some of it may not be apparent right away and incrementally gets worse over time and as more weather events occur. As a result, it’s a good idea to keep records of damage and repairs to the roof in order to track which areas have been compromised and which have been fixed properly. A record of visual assessments creates a starting point or benchmark so you can compare where your metal roofing system needs attention versus what can wait to be addressed.

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