The torrential storms that blasted through Dallas, Garland, Arlington and various other surrounding regions, left many people rethinking the current status of their roof. And whether we're talking about residential homes or standalone commercial businesses, far too many hardworking Texans were forced to learn this lesson the hard way. Unfortunately it's not until we're faced with real problems do we take action, but when it comes to your roof, it's important to be proactive.
- Each year hail causes approximately 1 billion dollars in damage in the US
- Hail is the #1 cause of Texas homeowner insurance loss from 1999-2011*
- NOAA has indicated that Texas is one of the 10 states most affected by hail
- Hail can originate unexpectedly from virtually any thunderstorm system
- The largest hailstone ever recorded was a surreal 8" in diameter **
In this article we'll examine a few of the things you can do to make sure that your Dallas-area roof is protected from not only sun and rain, but fierce winds and damaging hail, too.
How Old is Your Roof?
It may seem like a basic question, but this is something that should be addressed by anyone who owns a home or commercial building. If you're like just about everyone else, you probably don’t spend a ton of time thinking about your roof… and who could blame you? Still, if you're in a home or building with a roof that's more than 10 years old, it's worth taking time to make sure everything is in sound structural order. If you're not comfortable looking for leaks, cracks and other signs of trouble, a qualified Dallas roofer can help you.
When Was Your Last Roof Inspection?
Having your roof inspected every 1-2 years is a smart way to prevent costly repairs down the road. This is especially true after severe storms, such as those that took the Dallas area by surprise around the holidays. Even if you've done a thorough walk-through and determined that there are no signs of trouble, non-visible damage may have been done. Professional roof inspections allow expert roofers to conduct in-depth analysis of your roofing structure, using technology that looks for hairline cracks and sub-surface damage.
Have You Had Roofing Repairs in the Past?
If you've had roof repairs performed within the past few years, the tendency is to assume that everything is in perfect structural order. But how long ago was it, and what have the conditions been like since making said repairs? If they were more than a few years ago, it might be time to have an expert check everything out to make sure the mends are still mending. Additionally, if your roof was aging at the time, there may be new damage that is not visible from the ground or inside your property. Let a Dallas roof professional inspect your structure to give you better peace of mind.
Consider a Roof Replacement Before the Next Big Storm
Don't underestimate the massive damage that can be done by hail. Last month, Garland and the Dallas area witnessed golf ball-sized hail that did real damage to hundreds of buildings. If the age of your roof is a complete mystery, make sure you're prepared for what might come next. Older and damaged roofs are often covered under homeowners insurance, and the right roofing company can help you determine if that's something worth pursuing. If you're in an older home and plan on staying in the Dallas area for the long haul, it might be worth replacing that old roof for better protection against the elements in years to come.
Call the Roofing Company Dallas Trusts
If you're in the greater Dallas area and dealing with severe hail damage, or even if you're just curious about the health status of your roof, Blue Nail Roofing is here to help. Over the past 15 years we've grown based on our exemplary service, fair pricing and extensive array of services. Call Blue Nail today at 469-726-2176 to get information or schedule your free roof inspection.
* Source, Texas Department of Insurance
** Source, NOAA database