Protecting your roof for various reasons is something a lot of homeowners may not put much thought into. However, protecting your roof from the weather can prevent hazardous damage and serious long-term problems. Protecting your roof from the weather can also lower your energy bill.
In areas where the climate can reach up into the hundreds a dark roof can reach temperatures of 40 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the surrounding area. This heat will inevitably raise the temperature inside the house, causing the air conditioning bill to go up as well.
If your roof is flat, you can apply a cool roof sealant which will reflect more sunlight and heat than a standard roof. If you have a sloped roof and applying this paint like sealant will not work, then you might have to opt for surface materials such as single ply membrane or cool asphalt shingles.
In areas where residents will expect 4-8 feet of snow on their roof during the winter season, taking precautions to protect the house are very important. Property damage and personal injury can be caused by excessive ice and snow buildup.
Removing the ice and snow yourself once it occurs can be very dangerous, and ice removal should really only be attempted by a professional. The best option is to prime the roof before the winter season so as to avoid having to call a professional too often.
Keep rain gutters cleared of debris so that on warmer days melting snow will be able to flow more freely. Purchase a roof rake to remove excess snow. Insulating your attic properly will enable the house to retain heat and will prevent warm air from escaping.
Insurance providers can attest to the fact that the biggest volume of claims from a hail storm come from a damaged roof. Hail can be dangerous because when it strikes hard it can shred roof shingles. This kind of damage is not only detrimental to your roof but can cause water damage which leads to interior wall, floor, or appliance damage as well.
Here is a list of the best types of roofing for protection against hail. If you discover that your roof is made of something other than this list, it is probably wise to consult a professional to do the reroofing job, unless you are very skilled or willing to do a lot of research. If you opt to DIY, always make sure your tools are in good working order and do not need replacement parts.
Modified asphalt shingles are probably one of the best shingles for hailstorms because they combine a plasticize and a rubber-type compound. Asphalt shingles, on the other hand, are the most common. These are made of fiberglass. They can last up to 20 years and have a class A fire rating.
Metal shingles are lightweight and last up to 40 years. They have a class A and B fire rating. These will stand up to the elements, however it’s noteworthy to mention that in a hailstorm they will dent and not go back to their original shape as other shingles can. Slate roofing is the most expensive, but also the most long lasting: up to 100 years. You will probably need someone with professional experience to apply this one. There are other types of shingles that can be used but these are some of the better ones to stand up against hail.
Protecting your roof from the weather is the best way to protect the home from the weather. You can prevent damage and even save money on your energy bills.