How to Protect Your Roof from Hail

An ounce of protection is worth a pound of repairs!

Waterproof Your Roof Before Spring ShowersYou might think that there is nothing to be done about protecting your roof from hail damage. After all, you can’t stop the hail from falling. However, there are steps you can take to limit the damage your roof takes on, even if you can do nothing about the hail itself. We’ve assembled a quick guide to help you do just that.

Choose the Right Material

Here in the DFW area, it’s important to keep our volatile weather in mind when choosing a roofing material. Investing in a hail-resistant roof is very important. Because of this, we often don’t recommend that local homeowners tile their roof in shakes, ceramic, or slate, as these materials can crack and shatter during hailstorms. Stainless steel or asphalt shingles are usually the best option, as these materials are highly durable and usually do not crack or break during hailstorms.

Learn More About Different Materials

  • Asphalt Shingles: These are the most common roofing shingles in the United States for a reason. Even with hailstorms, they will often last 20 years or more.
  • Modified Asphalt Shingles: These shingles are enhanced with a rubber compound or a plasticizer, allowing them to hold up well in hailstorms.
  • Metal: Metal can easily dent during hailstorms, but because they are lightweight and look great, many people are choosing this material. A metal roof can last up to 40 years, though it may not hold its shape the entire time.
  • Wood Shingles: Wood shingles are often made from pine or cedar as well as other species. They look beautiful, but unfortunately, they don’t always hold up well against hail. You will also need to take extra steps to ensure your shingles are fire retardant and pass a fire rating.

Contact the MEIS Roofing & Construction Team Today!

If safeguarding your roof against hail damage is your top concern, our team is ready to help. We can go over the pros and cons of different materials to help you make the best decision for your home. Call us today to learn more and start the process!