In this part of the country, hail storms that are driven by wind gusts over 50 mph are fairly common certain times of the year. As if the wind was not enough to endure, hailstones can range in size up to 1.5″ in diameter. In these conditions, you need to be sure that your roof can withstand a pounding throughout the hail storm season. Whether you are building a new house, performing regular maintenance, or installing a replacement roof; planning is essential to ensuring that your roof has the ability to survive against hail damage and windstorms. When it comes to hail damage, your roof, windows, and doors are going to face the toughest weather that Mother Nature unleashes.
Just as your house must have a solid foundation, your Roof needs to be strengthened from its base, or sheathing. In other words, your roof is strengthened from the inside out. This logic is based on the principle that during a windstorm, deflecting the wind force from the roof down the walls to the ground will minimize damage. If your sheathing and underlayment are not sturdy enough to perform the task, your roof might end up somewhere else in the neighborhood.
Sheathing is the wood, plywood, or chipboard that is nailed to the trusses of the roof. You can think of it as the foundation for the installation of the roofing shingles. Some sheathing fails under stress because the nails were never properly applied during installation. This happens when the contractor misses, or inadequately hits the truss with the nail. Installation will also be affected if the contractor uses nails that are too short to anchor the sheathing.
The best way to inspect your sheathing is to go up to the attic for a thorough visual inspection. If your attic has experienced condensation or excessive moisture from leaks, look for water stains or for sheathing that’s delaminating or swollen. Consult with your Charlotte roofing contractor about secondary moisture barriers that are designed to resist delaminating and swelling. Take advantage of the extensive knowledge of a qualified contractor who can tell you which sheathing material offers the best wind protection in the Charlotte area. Even if it cost more to install, paying more now makes sense when you consider the possible savings from reduced hail storm damage over the years.
Hail Storm roofing experts 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 roofers in the Charlotte area.