Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
Hail is a natural weather phenomenon that is common in our region and can severely affect the roofing shingles. The frozen precipitation falling at higher speeds on the surface of the asphalt shingles can create dents or chip off the surfaces and underlying mat. The exposed material further deteriorates and eventually causes leaks on your property. Installing Class 4 impact resistant shingles such as the CertainTeed Northgate shingles is the best way to mitigate the effects of hail damage on your roofing shingles.
Hail can cause dents on the asphalt shingles when they hit the roofs at greater speed. Continuous hail impact at the same spots can break the roofing shingles. A quarter size hail is enough to create havoc on the roof surface causing heavy damage to the asphalt shingles.
Here are some common effects of hail on the roofing shingles.
Hail can be in different shapes and sizes and can damage even the metal parts of the roof. Severe granule loss can result when the hail hits the roofing shingles. The protective coating on the shingles is lost and can further crack the shingles. When the shingles are splitting and cracking after a hail storm, the roof deck is immediately prone to moisture and rotting.
After inspecting the roof, a roofing contractor may suggest complete or partial roof replacement. If any insurance claims processing is involved, they may need additional proofs and documentation. Hail damaged shingles if left unattended can cause water penetration in to the interiors of the building. In some cases, the entire roof deck and sheathing may need replacement.
Selecting a roofing shingle that has Class 4 impact resistance rating is necessary. These products are tested against a steel ball of two-inch diameter. Even when hit by the steel ball in the same spot twice, Class 4 impact resistant products do not crack. The Class 4 impact resistance rating also ensures that the exposed surface, the back surface, and underneath layers are unaffected. The products must demonstrate resistance to fracturing, cracking, splitting, rupturing, crazing, or any other opening of the roof layer during testing.
CertainTeed Northgate shingles are some of the impact resistant models that can reduce the hail damage on your roof. The residential shingles are rated Class 4 impact resistance according to the UL 2218 standards. The Northgate shingles when installed by a certified roofing contractor such as the Olde Town Roofing, can result in a long-lasting roof. Limited lifetime warranties are available from the manufacturer which are effective only if installed by a certified roofing contractor.
As a SELECT Shingle Master certified contractor from CertainTeed, Olde Town Roofing can install top products from the manufacturer and reduce the hail damage on your roof. They can identify any other related hail damages on your property and fix those as well. Call Olde Town Roofing today at 309-517-1676 or 309-738-5550 for all your roof hail damage needs. Get in touch with their home improvement experts at Olde Town Group for all your interior and exterior projects.