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Necessary Houston Roof Replacement Before Hurricane Season for the Safety of Your Home and Your Family

Hail season is at its peak in May, and shortly after hail season comes hurricane season, which is known to wreak havoc on your Houston roof. If your roof has undergone extensive damage and you haven’t replaced it, it may be time for a Houston roof replacement or a Tomball roof replacement.

A Houston-Area Roof Replacement Ensures Your House and Your Family Are Protected This Atlantic Hurricane Season

This year’s Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be an active one, and considering how much time we are all spending at home, it is crucial that your roof is strong enough to withstand violent winds, heavy rains, and even hail storm damage.

Roof Damage Has a Snowball Effect

Think of it this way; let’s say the last time a really bad storm hit, one of your corner shingles blew off. Shingles are all nailed together, so when one blows off, this breaks their bond and the wind can more easily blow off the neighboring shingles. When this occurs, your roof is severely compromised because it allows for water to easily flow into it. This will inevitably cause roof leaks, which will go unnoticed for a long time. Because they remain unnoticed for so long, they also cause mold and mildew to develop in your house, which then puts your family at risk.

As another example, if your Tomball roof has endured multiple hurricanes and has yet to be replaced, chances are there is a lot of hidden, accumulated damage. If you haven’t received a roof inspection or gotten any roof repairs done, then you may have no idea just how at-risk your home is.

Entrust Houston’s #1 Roofing Company to Replace Your Roof in a Timely Manner

The good news is that, even if your roof is heavily damaged now, we can fix it. If it has been a long time since you’ve done any roof repairs, or if you have yet to replace your roof, then please contact us for a free inspection. This will be the first step prior to a roof replacement, as it gives us the opportunity to take a close look at your roof to determine how much damage it has suffered and what may be the likely culprit(s). Once we know more, we’ll be able to give you a brand new roof within a single day so you can rest assured that both your underlying structure and your family will be safe this Atlantic hurricane season.

How to Identify Houston Roof Hail Damage and Fix it, Affordably

How to Identify Houston Roof Hail Damage and Fix it, Affordably

With the bright sunshine we’re getting, the nice breeze that engulfs the city, and all the pollen that collects everywhere, it’s easy to forget something important: we’re right in the middle of hail season, which takes place from March through May. If it hails, though, how do you know if your roof has sustained damage? Knowing this is important, as you can make a claim with your homeowner’s insurance and receive some coverage for roof replacement or roof repair.

Signs Your Houston Roof Has Been Damaged By Hail

Although you can inspect your gutters and siding, it’s always better to seek a professional’s trained eyes as well. Here are some of the telltale signs your roof has undergone hail damage.

Sign 1: Your gutters and downspouts

Check for any dents and dings in your gutters and downspouts. Hailstones as small as a quarter can inflict damage, but the dents may look very minor, and you might not catch them altogether. However, small damage spots are the start of more severe damage down the road, so it’s crucial that spot those subtle signs.

Sign 2: Siding 

Again, dents and dings are key signs here, but you may also notice chips in the paint or even the material itself. When a lot of hail falls and wind blows it around, it’s very easy for it to damage the sides of your home, which can allow space for water to flow in between the siding, causing mold and bacteria growth. 

Sign 3: Shingles

When it comes to your shingles, it may be a bit harder to spot any damage, but rest assured that when we conduct our free inspections, our trained eyes catch onto every bit of damage. Most often, we’ll find areas on your shingles that are missing granules. Granules not only make your roof more appealing by blending natural colors with their surroundings, but they also serve as an extra layer of protection so the underlying fiberglass isn’t damaged right away.

Amstill Roofing Can Assess and Fix Houston Roof Damage

If a hail storm has occurred in your neighborhood, then please contact us for a free roof inspection. We will carefully check your house and keep an eye out for the slightest signs of damage. Additionally, we will help you make an insurance claim with your insurance company and join them in their own inspection to make certain they don’t miss a single sign of hail damage. Afterward, we will complete roof repairs or a roof replacement so you can feel secure in your home.

Hail Storm Season is Upon Us in Houston, and so is Hail Roof Damage

Hail Storm Season is Upon Us in Houston, and so is Hail Roof Damage

Hail season may be underestimated and overlooked when Houston deals with hurricane season, but the truth is that Texas is vulnerable to hail storms and they aren’t unheard of here in Houston. The worst of the hail season takes place between March and May, so it is critical that your roof be prepared just in case. A strong roof may withstand some damage, but a weakened roof will suffer and render itself useless, and you might need a roof replacement. Here is how you can prevent extensive hail storm damage in the event that Houston gets hit by one.

Facts You Should Know About Hail

In order to determine the best way for you to protect your roof, here are some facts you should know in order to understand the potential damage your Houston roof might endure.

Fact #1:

The U.S. averages over 5,000 reports of large hail every single year. Tornadoes, which many may think of as more common, average only 1,000 reports every year.

Fact #2:

Hail forms as droplets of water inside a storm cloud. When wind meets the cloud and blows upward as a result, which is known as an updraft, this stirs the droplets of water. As they are tossed around in the cold cloud, they build upon themselves and collect more water. Eventually, hailstones begin to form. They fall only when the updraft can no longer support their weight. This is how hailstorms occur and create substantial damage to your roof, house siding, and vehicles.

Fact #3:

Many believe that only really large pieces of hail can cause damage to their roof. The truth is that it only takes a 1-inch piece of hail, which is about the size of a quarter, to cause substantial damage to your rooftop

Prevent Excessive Houston Roof Hail Damage

If you would like to assess how sturdy your roof is before it gets hit by hail, then please contact us for a free inspection, as this is the best way to determine how prepared your home is. Based on our findings, we may recommend a few roof repairs or even a roof replacement if your roof has sustained continuous damage over the years and hasn’t been replaced in a while. Here at Amstill, most of our replacements and repairs are completed in a single day so you can rest assured knowing your roof is fully prepared by the time a storm inevitably hits.

How Spring Weather Affects Your Houston Roof

How Spring Weather Affects Your Houston Roof

Spring seems to be a favorite season among many Houstonians because it’s warm again, the sun is shining bright, and although some days are dreadfully humid, we do get to enjoy less humid days as well. With the rain that comes down on us, we can enjoy seeing the grass and trees radiate vibrant green once again, we notice that flowers are getting ready to bloom soon, and spring means we are that much closer to summer vacation, pool days, and grilling. As wonderful as it is to be optimistic about the weather, spring rain in Houston can quickly turn from a light drizzle to a heavy downpour and your roof will be affected by it. Here’s how.

Spring Rain Damage

Spring weather primarily affects your roof because of the rain that comes with it. Roofs naturally weaken as they age, and in an older roof, excess rain will very easily weaken shingles to a point that they dip and sag.

Wind and Hail Roof Damage in the Spring

A dipping and sagging roof occurs when the shingles are no longer firm and sturdy. Remember, spring is notorious for bringing hail storms to Houston and hail, which forms in windy updrafts in the cloud layer, so if hail falls onto a damp, sagging roof, it will inflict further damage quickly and effortlessly. Wind, which can become rather strong in the middle of a Houston spring rainstorm, may blow garden decor or stray debris, such as twigs and branches, onto the roof, puncturing it and creating a leaking roof. Unfortunately, a leak may go unnoticed in your attic for a while until it finds a way out through a light fixture or a corner in your kitchen. 

Have Amstill Inspect Your Houston Roof to Determine If It Has Been Damaged

In our 40+ years of experience, we have found that damage that seems minor at first will quickly worsen. If left unaddressed for too long, once minor damages, such as a few weak shingles or a tiny leak, may become devastating and may call for an early roof replacement. If we had completed some prior roof repairs instead, then we would have been able to reinforce your roof so it lasts longer. In an attempt to avoid this, we recommend you contact us for a free inspection. We will thoroughly investigate your siding, shingles, gutters, and flashing, and may also recommend an internal inspection. Depending on our findings we may recommend a roof replacement or some easy repairs to ensure your roof can handle the current spring weather and the upcoming summer weather.