Will Your Brand New Roof Experience Hail Damage?

The potential for hail damage on a brand new roof can stress out a new property owner, so let’s take a closer look at the probability.

In Utah, we might see a hailstorm blow through town every so often, so it’s essential that homeowners and property owners alike should be informed. It’s also important to note that a single storm will not constitute the need for a whole new roof. But if you just got a new roof or are considering reroofing, there are a few steps you can take to ensure maximum protection.

When Is Hail Damage Likely?

Hailstorms, high winds, and thunderstorms are most likely to occur during the spring and fall months in Utah but can happen at any point in the year. We’re not in the midwest region of the country where hailstorms are the most likely to occur, and we’re not often caught in hail that can cause severe damage after just one storm. But it’s possible that multiple storms can lead to enough damage that you’ll eventually need at least a minor repair or an overhaul of your entire roof.

So if the question is, “Will your new roof experience hail damage?” the answer might be yes, but it’s unlikely that it will be serious enough to call in a roofer after just one weather occurrence.

Protecting Your Home From Hail Damage

  • If you’re designing a roof, a steep-sloped roof typically holds up better against hail.
  • Keep landscaping and tree branches trimmed back and away from your home and roof.
  • Replace your current shingles with or build your roof with class IV shingles with an impact resistance rating of UL 2218.
  • Regularly inspect your roof and attic for signs of damage that need to be repaired before another hailstorm lands.
  • Contact a professional roofing company for any repairs to ensure your roof is back in tip-top shape.

Call The Roof Doctor for Repairs and Reroofing

When you’re ready for a new roof or a reroofing job as a result of hail damage, The Roof Doctor is prepared to help. With years of experience in installing and repairing, our licensed roofing specialists have the knowledge to help you make the best roofing decision for your home. Serving Orem, South Jordan, Salt Lake City, Bountiful, and their surrounding areas, we’re eager to give Utah property owners the roof of their dreams. Contact us today for a free estimate!

What Does Wind Damage to Your Roof Look Like?

Thunderstorms, hail, high winds, if you live in Utah, you’ve probably seen it all, and you might be wondering, can wind damage my home’s roof?

If you’ve noticed some high winds in your area or even experienced a full-blown windstorm, your roof might show signs of wind damage. Winds that are considered damaging are typically at speeds of 50 miles per hour or more, according to The National Weather Service, and while we Utahans might not experience that every day, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened or won’t happen again. This is why we want to help you be prepared to check for roof damage after high winds, so you know what to do and who to call. Keep reading to learn more about how wind damage might present itself on your roof.

Signs of Roof Wind Damage

If you suspect that wind may have caused damage, and you can safely climb onto your roof to inspect, these are the telltale signs that you should look out for:

  • Branches or other debris that have blown onto your roof and possibly have caused damage
  • Shingles that have mysteriously gone missing
  • Shingles that are shifted, loose, curling at the edges, or otherwise damaged
  • Split, missing, or otherwise damaged chimney flashing
  • Loose shingle granules (you might be able to spot them in the gutter)
  • A roof that has started leaking after experiencing high winds
  • Gutters that have broken loose, appear to have dents, or have fallen off
  • If you have a flat roof, look for rips, tears, cracks, or bubbles in the materials used

What to Do When You Find Wind Damage

Wind damage is no joke, and if it’s not repaired correctly, you could end up with a much larger problem on your hands the next time you experience any form of severe weather. That’s why we suggest calling a roofer immediately. If you’re experiencing any kind of leak through the roof, cover up the hole(s) with a water-resistant tarp and weigh it down using bricks or heavy rocks. That way, the leak won’t cause any more water damage while you wait.

Call The Roof Doctor

Whether it’s wind damage, a leaking roof, or anything else under the sun, The Roof Doctor has your back! Our experienced roofing experts always conduct a thorough inspection and make the necessary fixes to get your roof back to its former glory. If you live in Salt Lake City, Layton, Orem, Tooele, or any town or city in between in Utah, contact us today for your free roofing quote!

How to Fix Your Leaking Roof While You Wait for Expert Help

If you’re dealing with a leaking roof and you can’t get a professional to fix it right away, you may need to do a quick temporary fix in the meantime.

When there’s a leak in your roof, it can be highly frustrating, and it can take a toll on the rest of your home. Occasionally you’ll stumble upon a leak, but you might find yourself in circumstances where you can’t get a professional to your home right away. Hence, it’s vital to take matters into your own hands. Here’s how you can temporarily fix your leaking roof while waiting for a roofer to assess the situation fully.

Emergency Leaking Roof Repair

There are plenty of ways to quickly fix a leak in a roof while you wait for an expert, so here are a few ideas that could be beneficial to you:

  • Place a water repellent tarp over the leak in your roof and weigh it down with large rocks, bricks, or something else to keep the tarp in place even if the wind picks up.
  • If the leak is small enough, you can use a rubber sealant, silicone, or caulk to plug up the leak.
  • Repair cracked shingles with roofing sealant as you wait to have them replaced entirely.
  • If you have some roof flashing laying around, you can place it over the hole to temporarily cover the leak and prevent any more water from getting into your home.

Why Call in an Expert?

A roof leak is no joke, and while the above solutions can prevent more water from entering your home, they aren’t permanent solutions to fixing your roof long-term. However, a roofing expert can better assess the situation and come up with a solution that will get your roof back in tip-top shape. Whether the leak was caused by wind, hail, or another type of extreme weather, a professional will have you covered! A reputable roofing company will not only fix the leak but inspect the rest of your roof and provide suggestions as to how you can better prepare your home for future weather conditions that might cause other problems.

If you want a long-term solution to your roof’s problems, you can never go wrong with calling in the professionals!

Call the Experts at The Roof Doctor

If you’ve got a leaking roof on your hands, there’s no better time to call The Roof Doctor. We are experts in the field and will ensure that all our work exceeds your expectations and standards! We’re eager to serve you if you’re in Utah, in areas like Sandy, Murray, Salt Lake City, Farmington, Ogden, and everywhere in between. Contact us today to get a free quote on your roofing repair and project!

3 Easy Ways to Protect Your Roof from Wind Damage in Utah

There are a number of problems that can occur with your roof, but wind damage is one of the most common in Utah. 

Older roofs or those that haven’t been inspected and maintained are especially susceptible to damage due to high winds. The good news is that there are some easy ways that you, as the homeowner, can protect your roof from the wind so that when the next storm rolls in, you can rest with ease knowing your roof will make it through. 

  1. Secure Loose Shingles

It’s natural for shingles on a roof to loosen over time, but it’s important to keep them secured so no water can leak through during a storm. When a major storm is headed your way, it’s a good idea to inspect your roof for any loose shingles and secure them before any serious wind damage is done. They can be secured with roofing nails and caulked around the edges.

  1. Beware Falling Trees and Branches

Trees near your home are great for shade, but not so great for your roof during a storm. It’s important to keep the trees closest to your house trimmed up so there are no branches hanging over your roof. Falling trees and branches can cause serious damage to your roof during a windstorm, but it’s generally avoidable if you are sure to maintain your trees and remove them when they pose a threat to your roof.

  1. Visually Inspect Your Roof

Weak spots in your roof are often visible, so you can avoid a lot of heartache by visually inspecting your roof before a storm. Look for any debris on the roof, clogged gutters, or blocked drains. These can easily contribute to a damaged roof during a storm. It’s a good idea to call The Roof Doctor for a roof inspection if you suspect something might be amiss, since trying to DIY roof repairs can turn hazardous. 

The Roof Doctor Can Help

If your roof has suffered wind damage, it’s important to have it repaired by a professional right away. The expert team of roofers at The Roof Doctor can help inspect and repair your roof, and even replace it if necessary. We serve Salt Lake City, Murray, Layton, Sandy, Ogden, Orem, and the surrounding areas in Utah. Contact The Roof Doctor today for a free estimate.

Roof Repairs in Bad Weather

Roof Repairs in Bad Weather


We’re staying home a lot more than usual these days due to the pandemic, making it the perfect time for roof repairs.

Utah features some extreme temperatures and unpredictable weather, though, so is it wise, and more importantly, safe? Right now we’re experiencing the dog days of summer, and soon we’ll get the brisk autumn rain before feet of frozen snow in winter. 

Is it possible to fix a roof during bad weather? Find out below. 

Roof Repair in the Heat

You might face some challenges and dangers if you attempt to repair your roof in the middle of the hottest summer day. Summer might give you more time to work on roof repairs, but there are also hazards. 

  • Oppressive heat can be dangerous for you or a roofing professional
  • Metal roofing can get hot enough to burn at a touch
  • Shingles can grow soft and even melt under hot conditions, as well as other materials, such as a sealant, that you might use.

Roof Repair in the Rain or Snow 

The ideal weather conditions for repairing a roof is a warm, calm day, but that may not work with your schedule. Although the rainy season isn’t the best time, you can still have repairs performed in the rain, as long as it’s not storming. This means that if a drizzle suddenly pops up while you're working or having a professional doing repairs, there shouldn’t be an issue. If the situation does occur, it’s important to cover your materials and prioritize safety. 

Water Damage Effects 

Your main concern when roofing in the middle of a storm, aside from wind or lightning, should be water damage. Unshingled roofs are exposed, so rainwater can affect the roofing structure. Should you leave it until the rain stops or shingle it in the rain? Here are some factors to consider: 

  • Shingles won’t fasten well if done in heavy rain, ​but there’s also an increased risk of fungal and organic growth on your roof or in the interior. Humidity is a factor when installing roofing materials and shouldn’t be attempted in high humid conditions. The inner components of your roof are susceptible to the effects of water damage, and if humidity is high, it can cause the shingles to warp and bulge. Further, they could easily slip off if fastening materials are done during colder weather.
  • Improper installation can void a warranty. ​If the installation is done in potentially bad weather, a roofing manufacturer may void the warranty, even if they provide service warranties. Technically, they have a set of advised conditions for installing roofing materials to ensure the best outcome and minimize any damage or installation issues.
  • Worker danger increases ​when the installation is done in rainy weather. Slippery conditions will be a bigger problem due to ice sheets forming on your roof from flowing water during the winter. Also, if hail falls, that can be a significant problem in the summer.

Contact The Roof Doctor 

The Roof Doctor specializes in roof repairs, and we’re more than happy to assist you. We’ll follow the best working conditions when we fix your roof. 

We serve Salt Lake city and County, as well as surrounding counties. Our licensed roofing contractors are extra cautious in these unprecedented times, so please reach out and get a free estimate today.

Roofing, Shingles and Fire Protection

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While it may never have happened to you and might never happen over the course of your life, we should all be prepared in the event of a fire. These disasters can start for a variety of reasons, and can lead to both injury or death and major property damage and destruction.

At The Roof Doctor, we’re here to tell you that your residential roofing may play a larger role in fire suppression that you had previously thought. As a Utah resident, you might think you’re safe from fire risks now that winter is approaching – this couldn’t be further from the case, as the state’s dry conditions are still absolutely ripe for fires even as the temperatures drop. Let’s go over how shingles help protect your home or building if a fire takes place, plus some basic tactics for limiting your risk of fire damage if one does happen.

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Shingles and Fighting Fires

When it comes to roofing and fires, shingles are the most important element. Originally developed for waterproofing, it was quickly realized that shingles constructed using fiberglass rather than asbestos were fantastic for preventing fire risks in a given building.

What’s important here is the class rating of your shingles. For optimal fire protection, you want Class A-rated fiberglass-asphalt shingles – these are not fireproof, per se, but they’re highly fire resistant. This means they won’t contribute to the spread of a fire, which is vital for preventing mass fire issues. During a fire, Class A-rated shingles won’t break off, won’t crack, won’t warp, and most of wall won’t risk exposing the underlying parts of the roof. Flames will be contained only to the shingles themselves, which also won’t give off burning embers that spread the fire elsewhere.

On the other hand, shingles that are not A-rated should not be used if fire safety is a top priority.

Fire-Feeding Conditions

As we noted, shingles are fire-resistant – they will stop the spread of a fire, but they will not actually put it out or stop it from starting to begin with. For better safety in these areas, you have to take some basic precautions: Trim overhanging tree branches near the roof, for instance, especially any near electric power lines. Keep tall shrubs or bushes away from the side of your home, and collect dry leaves during the fall period to eliminate possible kindling.

Indoor Considerations

If a fire originates inside the home, it might not matter if you have high-quality shingles – many of your materials will be burned up before it ever reaches this point. For this reason, we recommend basic fire safety practices like turning off electronics and stoves when not in use, keeping fire extinguishers in the home, and keeping children away from any sources of flames. In addition, we recommend fiberglass attic insulation, which will not burn in the case of a fire that begins inside the home.

For more on shingles, roofs and fire protection, or to learn about any of our designer roof shingles or roofing repair services, speak to the staff at The Roof Doctor today.