Updated: Sep 9
Hailstones can be harsh on your house. While most hail storms produce tiny frozen pellets that bounce off your house without any damage, some hailstones are large enough to cause serious damage. Hail damages can include cracked or broken windows, dark spots or bruises on shingles, curled shingles, broken or cracked shingles, and cracked or deformed eavestrough. In some cases, hailstones may also accelerate roof aging.
To find out the extent of damage that has happened, call your roofing experts and let them inspect the condition of your roof after a hailstorm. Avoid going up on the roof yourself to do a repair as doing so may worsen the damage and put you in danger of injury. Here are a few hail damage repair options that you can talk to your roofer about.
1. Install a Flashing
If your house has cedar shake and a part of your shingle is cracked or has holes, it can lead to leaks in your house. To prevent such leaks talk to your roofer about installing a metal flashing, preferably aluminum, under the shingle. Make sure that your roofer is using proper safety equipment and has WCB and Liability Insurance before he begins working on your roof.
2. Use Sealants for Damaged Shingles
If your shingles are cracked, curled or have small holes, you will have to think about replacing them. But you can buy yourself a little bit of time with the help of roof sealant or roofing cement. For cracks and holes, start by applying a thick bead of the sealant or caulking under the crack. Press the shingle down and apply a second bead of sealant on top of the crack. Then spread the sealant with a putty knife. For curled corners, use a caulking gun to apply a dab of the sealant under the corner. Place a brick over the corners for 24 hours so that the shingles are glued to the roof. Remember that this is only a temporary fix and you may want to get some estimates so you can budget over the next 3-5 years to have the roof replaced.
3. Replace the Shingles
If the damages are massive, replacing the shingle is the best solution. Trying to replace the shingles yourself can result in more damages and potential leaks. Call your roofer and have him replace the damaged shingles with new shingles and have him inspect your roof for further damages.
4. Repair the Eavestrough
Hailstones can also damage your eavestrough, and cause holes in them. Hailstones can also deform your eavestrough. These damages can affect the water run-off in seasons to come. Standing water in the eavestrough will lead to leaks in your house and wet spots on your walls. Call your roofing expert and talk to them to find the best repair or replacement option for your eavestrough.
We highly recommend calling a team of roof repair professionals if your roof has been damaged by hail. If your shingles are damaged beyond repairs, call ACT Home Services. We specialize in complete roof, Eavestrough, and siding installation and repair services. We will thoroughly inspect your damaged roof and suggest the best solutions for any hail damage repair in Leduc.