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Texas is ranked number 1 yearly for insurance claim losses due to hail damage. Hail adversely affects the lifespan of your roof, your insurance costs, and the structural integrity of your property.

Hail Is Not a Friend to Your Structure

With over 600,000 hail claims in Texas, you need to be aware of the damage hail can do to your roof. By addressing damage quickly, you will save time and money. In addition, a well-installed quality roof will hold up better for longer, even when the hail’s been coming down.

After each storm, it’s still wise to do a general check outside to see if:

  • There is debris on the ground around your house and on your roof.
  • There are granules (textured asphalt bits from your shingles) around your home, in gutters, and at the bottom of rainspouts.
  • There are shingles cracked, curling, or dented.
  • There are discolored shingles.

Inside, you will want to check for:

  • Leaks on walls and in the ceiling
  • Discoloration on the ceiling and walls
  • Drip patterns
  • Standing and pooling water

How Hail Cuts the Lifespan of your Roof

Your roof is damaged by hail is a multi-step process that can be lessened through maintenance and regular inspections.

  1. There is initial impact damage from the hail itself.
  2. Hail brings branches and debris from trees and other debris from around your property.
  3. Once the protective granules are compromised, and your shingles are less effective, the mat below them is exposed to harmful sunlight. Those UV rays dry out the protective layer beneath your shingles, so your shingles will not last as long.
  4. A damaged roof is more likely to have leaks. Leaks can lead to a whole host of issues, including mold, animal exposure, and structural damage.

The average roof lasts 15 to 25 years. Roofs with regular hail exposure need replacing every 7 to 10 years.

There is Something You Can Do

Don’t panic if your roof has been bombarded by hail. If addressed quickly enough, any damage to your roof from hail can be minimized and stopped from growing into larger issues. The roofing experts at HUF Construction can help you spot early damage, which can be repaired quickly to save you time and money. Contact HUF Constructionfor a free estimate today!