Charlotte experiences its share of hailstorms, and those hail storms are responsible for some devastating property damage. The hail storm season generally occurs between May through October. Damages incurred to roofs during hailstorms can be reduced with proper roof design and choosing the appropriate roofing product selection. A properly designed roof structure can substantially reduce hail damage. Several testing agencies have developed the following guidelines for hail resistant roofing:
- Shingles made with polymer-modified asphalt have better resistance to hail damage
- Reroofing over an existing roof will greatly increase the chance for hail damage
- Increased roof pitches, particularly those over 6:12, can dramatically improve hail resistance
- The use of a thin, single layer of underlayment improves the hail resistance of the shingle roof
- Rigid roof decking improves the hail resistance for shingle roofs
Design and construction
Efficient design and construction works great for a new home; however, there are millions of older homes in which the homeowner has no reasonable possibility of replacing all the roof decking material or changing the roof pitch. However, they can adopt a few of the measures described above, when repairing or replacing their roof. The best Charlotte contractors can recommend the best products to install a quality underlayment and Class 3 or 4 shingles that will provide an impact resistant roof.
Insurance company incentives
Insurance companies realize the cost efficiency and the effectiveness of impact resistant roofs and are offering cash incentives to their customers if a higher UL-rated shingle is purchased for a reroofing project. Most insurance companies prefer to reduce their annual premium when a homeowner selects a hail resistant shingle. The selection of hail resistant shingles, combined with with an incentive from the insurance carrier, becomes a cost-effective solution for both the homeowner and the insurance company.
Choosing the right contractor
Installing an impact resistant roof is only half of the project. Choosing the right contractor is as significant as choosing the right roofing material. Look for a local roofing company with a long established history in the Charlotte area. Roofing, with new materials and techniques has become a specialized field. It is in your best interest to find a specialist for the roof that you expect.
Hail Storm roofing inspection in Charlotte, NC
When choosing a roofing company that deals with hail storm damage, you want to find the best one in the area. Advanced Roofing and Exteriors is a longtime member of the Charlotte community, and they have decades of experience in dealing with the local weather extremes. They also specialize in numerous exterior home improvement projects, including the repair of siding that has been damaged by hail. They are certified installers for Certainteed, GAF, Owens Corning and Tamko roofing products. They carry an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau, and have received multiple years Super Service Awards from Angie’s List. Call them today for a free estimate from one of the best hail storm roofers in the Charlotte area.