A question we hear from a lot of homeowners is whether or not they should replace their roofs when they see signs of hail damage.
The answer to that question is a bit more complicated than a simple yes or no, so we’re going to take a closer look at hail damage on roofs and what entails a repair or complete replacement. Keep reading to learn more.
How Likely Is Hail Damage in Utah?
In some regions of Northern Utah, hail is as common as a thunderstorm, meaning every time a thunderstorm rolls into town, you can count on some hail accompanying it. In Utah, a single hail storm won’t constitute an overhaul of your roof a lot of the time. But as hailstorms come through town repeatedly over a few months or years, it’s wise to look out for any indications of hail damage on your roof.
Weather experts will typically say that hail the size of a quarter is not unheard of in northern Utah, which is the size a hailstone would need to be to do any substantial damage. If you hear of a weather report in your area that claims hailstones that are larger than an inch, make sure to call a professional roofing company to inspect your home after the storm has passed.
When to Replace Your Roof from Hail Damage
More often than not, one hailstorm won’t create a situation that requires roof replacement or even a repair. But when there is noticeable hail damage, it can lead to rot of the underlayment and roof decking, mold and bacteria growth, a roof leak, and other water damage. So, if you are inspecting your roof after a storm and notice missing granules from a single, any indentation marks, or a loose shingle, you’ll need to replace the damaged areas to ensure that water does not get through the roof.
As for a roof replacement, it should only be necessary if there is underlying damage that was not treated in the first place. Remember, the more durable your roofing materials are, the more likely they’ll hold up against extreme weather conditions, like hail. Since the average asphalt shingled roof should last at least fifteen to thirty years, even with severe weather, you shouldn’t worry about replacing everything until you approach at least fifteen years. But as always, when in doubt, you can always count on a roof replacement company to give you the best advice moving forward.
Call The Roof Doctor for All Your Roofing Needs
If you notice hail damage or any other problems with your roof, don’t hesitate to call The Roof Doctor right away! We take pride in being reliable and always providing the best service you can find in the roofing business. Whether you need an inspection, repair, or replacement, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today for a free estimate! We serve Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo, and other surrounding cities in Utah.