All types of roofs are sensitive to hail, but hail damage affects different types of roofs differently, so here are a few of the signs that tell you your roof has sustained hail damage:
Asphalt and composite roofs – the signs of damage are the least visible in the case of these two types of roofing. Look for dimples that are soft to the touch and for areas where the surface granules have been displaced or completely ripped off,
Wood shingles – look for cracks and for chipped parts around the edges,
Metal roofs – round dents and punctures are the most conspicuous signs of hail damage in the case of metal roofs,
Tile roofs – roof tiles tend to crack when they get hit by hail stones or you can find tiles with chipped edges. When hail storms are accompanied by harsh winds, you may find that some of your tiles have been swept away by the storm.
When you check your roof for signs of hail damage, take a look not only at the roofing surface, but at other components, such the gutters, the gutter covers, the flashing, the vents and the chimneys – the damage signs on metal components will be the same as in the case of metal roofs. As you are probably aware, it’s best to have Bentonville roofing experts inspect your roof, as they know exactly what to look for when it comes to hail damage.
Metal roofs are made from shingles or larger panels of aluminum, zinc, copper, tin or galvanized steel and they come with all the great benefits offered by these lightweight, resistant and durable metals. The humid, often very harsh and extreme Arkansas climate requires homeowners to pay special attention to the roofing materials they choose for their properties and metal roofs meet all expectations – here are the most important benefits of metal roofing:
Longevity – metal roofs last the longest of all roof types. Rated to a lifespan between 40-70 years, metal roofs can withstand moisture, heat and they are resistant to wind as well,
Energy efficiency – metal reflects heat, a property that can significantly reduce energy bills in hot periods,
Lightweight roofs – the materials used for manufacturing the alloys that metal roofs are made from are lightweight, therefore metal roofs are suitable for being installed on lightweight constructions as well,
Easy installation – metal roofs can be fixed on top of the existing roofing, a feature that significantly reduces the difficulty level of the installation as well as the time needed,
Reduced maintenance needs – it is recommended to inspect your metal roof at least once a year or after major storms, but metal roofs are made from durable, non-corrosive materials that require almost no maintenance.