How Hail and Other Winter Weather Can Damage Your Roof

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How Hail and Other Winter Weather Can Damage Your Roof

Hail Storms are pretty common in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, and some of them can even be pretty bad. These storms can even cause some damage to your roof and the exterior of your home. Storms like this pop up unexpectedly, so it’s important to keep up with regular exterior maintenance, and to call a contractor when winter storms do damage your roof.

Types of Roof Damage

Loss of Granules: Depending on the size and impact of the hail hitting your roof, it could knock granules off of the shingles. If you start to notice granules in your gutters, it may be time to replace your roof.

Cracks: If your shingles are missing granules and it’s cold out, your shingles can be vulnerable to cracks. Hail storms are often accompanied by high winds, which can blow cracked shingles around and damage the surrounding shingles. The fiberglass mat below shingles can become exposed when become cracked and fall. Broken Fiberglass Mat: When the fiberglass mat is exposed, it can now get pounded by the hail itself, and it isn’t the most equipped to deal with winter weather. Water, wind, and hail can now cause leaks and the need for major repair.

Have Your Roof Inspected

When hail storms happen, the damage isn’t always obvious, and that can be an issue. Signs that your roof could be damaged are warped shingles, or as we mentioned earlier, losing granules. Issues can be below the surface, or hard to spot if you aren’t on the roof. It isn’t easy to spot hail damage if you aren’t an expert, so you’ll want to have your roof inspected after a bad storm.

Beyond having your roof inspected, if it does need repair or replacement, it’s important to hire quality contractors to do the job. The right contractors will recommend the right materials for your specific roofing needs, because everyone’s needs are different. Your roof is an essential part of your home, so make sure you work with a trusted company. Our team at Bucco’s Roofing knows how to deal with hail and winter weather in Pittsburgh because we have years of experience in the area.

If you’re interested in roof repair or replacement, our team at Bucco’s Roofing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (724) 554-6224 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your exterior remodeling needs!

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