Hail storms can be scary. And if you have a metal roof, the sound of hail landing on your roof may make you think your roof has been completely ruined by a single storm. However, in reality, unless the hail is large, metal roof hail damage is mostly minimal.
One of the many advantages of metal roofs is durability. In fact, metal roofs can last anywhere between 40-100 years depending on the metal—significantly longer than other types of roofing material.
How Hail Affects Your Metal Roof
Hail damage to your metal roof that is not repaired could cause further damage and costly repairs later on down the road, so it is always a good idea to have a roofing contractor inspect your roof for hail damage soon after a hail storm.
When Should I Inspect My Roof?
There is a misconception that the only hail damage to metal roofs is cosmetic. This is not true. Hail can create dents in your roof that can cause pooling when it rains. This can lead to rust and corrosion on your roof, which will create leaks over time. Hail can also damage the seams between metal panels and lead to further damage.
Roof inspection is something you want to do after every hail storm. In many cases, if the storm is mild, hail damage to your roof will be minimal and may not require any roof repair. However, having an expert conduct a roof inspection to assess any hail damage to the roof will go a long way in improving the lifespan of your metal roof.
Can I Prevent Hail Damage to My Metal Roof?
The good thing about metal roofs is that they are often strong enough to withstand damage from hail due to their hail-resistant properties.
Most steel roofs have a galvanized coating on the steel directly beneath the top coat or paint. So even if the paint chips away as a result of a hail storm, there is a protective metallic coating that makes it a hail-resistant metal roof. In regions that have mild weather, this particular coating can prevent rusting for 20 years or more.
It’s also important to note that aluminum and zinc metal roofs are known to be long-lasting and resistant to rust and corrosion.
If you still have any inquiries about protecting your metal roof from hail damage, you can always contact a metal roofing contractor to learn everything you need to know about metal roofing and damage prevention.