South Texas Hail Storms Cause Major Roofing Damages
No matter where you live in the United States, the potential for severe weather is always going to be a concern.
On the east coast, that usually means hurricanes and nor’easters. In the west, earthquakes are the common threat. And in much of the country, tornadoes are the main area of concern.
But for many people living in the Deep South, a frequent worry is the threat of ice and hailstorms, and the damage those types of weather systems can do to residential and commercial property.
There’s no doubt that big blocks of ice raining down from the heavens can cause extraordinary amounts of damage to homes, cars, businesses and more. But when frozen water starts hurtling toward your section of the country, what can be done to protect yourself and your property?
Well, truth be told, you’re kind of at the mercy of the elements at that point, unless you’ve prepared for Mother Nature’s fury in advance.
“When a storm is all but inevitable, it’s really too late to begin preparations at that point,” says Joel Kite, owner of Independence Roofing in San Antonio. “Living in Texas, we’ve seen first-hand the damage hail and ice storms can do, in fact we’ve seen it more than we care to admit.
“But there are several things property owners can do to prepare for these types of weather events. The time to do so, however, is when it’s nice and sunny outside.”
To protect your vehicles, the solution is obvious — simply pull your car into a garage or under an awning or carport, where it will be safe from the elements.
But for your home or business, the solution rests at the point of first contact. And that’s your roof.
Metal roofs have become much more popular in recent years, particularly in southern states where the threats of hail storms, and hurricanes in the case of Florida and Gulf Coast states, are most prevalent. And the results are certainly noticeable and verifiable.
Hail effects on metal roof systems are normally more of the cosmetic variety, according to recent studies, and this damage is easily fixable.
But damage done to traditional roofs often lead to shingles becoming fractured or cracked, which not only damages the roof, but also allows water to stream into a home and damage it’s contents.
It can also lead to mold and serious repair bills.
“Hail just simply won’t penetrate a metal roof, even when taking direct hits from large blocks of ice,” reveals Kite. “And as an added bonus, many insurance companies also provide reduced rates for homes protected by metal roofs. So it’s really a win-win for the homeowner.”
According to the non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance, more homeowners are turning to metal roofing every year to protect their homes and prevent costly repairs and damages.
They report the residential metal roofing market has doubled over the last five years, particularly in areas prone to natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and ice storms.
Learn more at independenceroofingsa.com.