There is really no one season for thunderstorms in Missouri because they can strike at almost any time of the year. A majority of these thunderstorms simply carry heavy rains and high winds, but a few of them will cause updrafts – strong winds that carry droplets of water high up in the atmosphere where they freeze into hailstones. Hail damage can be devastating to a home. They can break your windows, dent your exterior siding installation and knock the shingles off your roof.
While we can’t stop a hailstorm from ever occurring, we can prepare our homes to survive an incoming onslaught. Here are our best tips on handling hail and wind damage from our experts at Renovation Team.
Minimizing Extra Risks
Hailstorms often go hand-in-hand with high winds, and one of the biggest causes of wind-related problems in your home is from objects being thrown at high speeds by the strong gusts of air. You can reduce the risk of getting bombarded by flying objects by securing anything in your outdoors that could be blown away by the wind. Additionally, you could also decrease the chances of needing residential roofing services by keeping overhanging tree branches trimmed.
Wind -and Hail-Resistant Materials
If you’re about to get a replacement roof, ask your contractor about materials tested for these types of conditions. Class IV shingles with a UL 2218 rating should be standard for homes prone to large hailstones and 110 mile per hour winds.
Hail and wind damage is notorious for being hard to spot and identify. Getting a full assessment done by a home improvement contractor and roofing professional should help you patch up any damage your home may have incurred during a storm. Their report should also prove useful should you need to file a claim with your homeowners’ insurance.
At Renovation Team, we are your leading provider of roofing, siding and other exterior home improvement products and services. Give us a call at (314) 200-2228, or fill out our online contact form to request a free quote today. We serve homeowners in St. Louis and St. Charles, MO.