What You Should Know about Protecting Your Metal Roof from Hail Damage
The roof of your metal storage building is the most expensive component to replace, depending on the size of the structure. The main purpose of the metal roof is to protect your storage space, and all the components you have housed inside it from the weather elements like sun, wind, rain, and hail. The sun can’t do any damage to the roof, and the wind and rain may do a little damage if there is a heavy thunderstorm, but hail damage to your metal roof can be devastating when combined with high wind and rain.
At Keen’s Buildings, we only use the highest-quality of metal in all our metal roof buildings and storage structures. However, no metal roof can survive the heavy beating from a hail storm, which is why you must protect your metal roof from hail damage.
Why Is Hail So Damaging?
If you live in an area that is prone to hail storms, you must know that the impact hail can have on your metal roofs can be devastating. Some factors that determine how badly hail can damage the metal roof of your storage buildings are:
- The size of the hail
- The mass of the hail
- The wind speeds with the hail
- The point of origin of the hail
- The condition of your roof
- The angle of impact on your roof
Inspecting Your Roof after a Hail Storm
You should regularly inspect your metal roof, especially after a hail storm, because there is bound to be some sort of damage to it. You don’t want to wait around for rain and other weather elements to get inside your storage space, so perfect a quick inspection, once the weather is clear. You must look for signs of damage that can cause leaks, and let water enter your storage building.
Inspecting Your Gutters after a Hail Storm
When performing your roof inspection after a hail storm, you should also check the gutters, because you must ensure they are properly attached to the building. Loose or broken gutters can cause water to run off the roof and into areas from where they can enter the building. Therefore, you shouldn’t leave them alone and get them fixed as soon as possible to prevent water from getting inside the building.
Insurance Claims & Hail Damage
One of the best things you can do to protect against hail damage for your metal roof is to get insurance for your roof. This will ensure that you don’t have to spend your own money on costly repairs to metal roofs. If you have insurance for hail damage and want to claim it, then ensure that you gather all the evidence of the damage and include it in the report you give to the insurance company. You can catalog the damage in the form of pictures of the roof so that you can compare the wear, and tear your metal roof sustained in the hail storm.