Hail Can Hit More Than Your Roof

Posted on: 6 September 2017

Spring may be a memory, and summer may be fading, but if you've been through a big hail storm at all this year, you know that the damage can make itself evident months later. If you haven't already had your roof inspected, you should do that now before winter weather arrives. You should also have some peripheral areas inspected as well because hail can damage these, too, and result in more damage to your home when a storm hits.

Flashing

The flashing around the chimney and any other structure on your roof needs to be inspected very carefully. It takes only a tiny opening in the caulking on the flashing to let water in, and that opening can grow as the leak continues. Roofers should be able to check out all of the flashings, and you can have a chimney company also take a look at the chimney structure. Don't forget to have the connections between roof segments inspected as well. The edges of the roof can also be a worry if hail managed to nick them. These should have been checked during the original roof inspection, but it never hurts to get them looked at again, now that the roofers might not be as busy as they were after the storm.

Corner Baffles

Anyone with a roof valley knows that in heavy rain, water that's channeled down the valley can shoot off the roof and completely miss the gutter. The solution for many is to install a corner baffle that stops the water from overshooting the gutter. But the baffle is often just a thin piece of metal that hail can take out easily. Ensure all corner baffles are in good shape and install new ones -- they're small, so the cost shouldn't be too bad for this -- if any appear to be goners.

Overhanging Tree Branches

Hail can knock down branches, of course, but it can also just damage them enough so that they appear to be OK, but in the next major wind or rain storm, the branches will come down. If those branches are over your roof or gutter, that's a big problem just waiting to happen. Have branches near your house inspected and trimmed back, or removed if they are truly in bad shape.

Your first step is to call in roofers who can check out the roof and flashing, and then expand out from there. With a roof that's in good shape and that's protected from issues like falling branches, you and your house will be ready for winter to arrive.

Contact a company like Bob Behrends Roofing & Gutters LLC for more information and assistance. 

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