Hailstorms rank among the most destructive weather events in terms of both insured and uninsured property damage. More than 5,600 recorded hailstorms1 in the United States in 2016 (according to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, NOAA) resulted in losses to property and crops of over .5 billion1. While preventative maintenance can help increase your roof’s resilience against hailstorms, the costs of roof repair, roof replacement and damaged equipment, such as air conditioning, can often be significant.
Knowing and understanding the composition of your roof will help you determine how hail resistant your roof may be against the onslaught of a major hailstorm. How thick is your roof, and how old? What considerations should you look for in a contractor you may hire to upgrade your roof before a storm or to repair damage afterwards?
1 “Facts + Statistics: Hail.” Facts + Statistics: Hail | III, www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-hail